The demise of the Grand New Bedford Voc-Tech begins [OPINION]

One of New Bedford’s greatest educational successes is unlikely. Who would have imagined 45 years ago, when I graduated from New Bedford High School, that one day Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School would be one of the educational crown jewels? of the region ? It does, but not for very long if progressive politicians continue to cheat him.

The Primary and Secondary Education Council is expected to vote today on new regulations regarding admission policies for Commonwealth Vocational and Technical Schools, and it looks like the participation trophy crowd is set to win a great victory.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley presented the board with a watered-down version of admissions policy changes that give Social Warriors some of what they’re looking for, but not all. The Radicals are patient and will be back for the rest of what they are looking for. It’s just a matter of time.

While Riley’s recommendations to the board state that “applying a single set of state-mandated admission criteria is not in the best interests of students, families, and schools and programs professionals “statewide, he endorsed the Progressive Grassroots initiative.

Riley says the proposed changes “promote fair access” by removing requirements that the grades, attendance, disciplinary record and recommendations of counselors be used as admission criteria. Riley’s plan also appears to set quotas or at least quota guidelines for admission.

As reported last week by the State House News Service, the Vocational Education Justice Coalition, and the Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts insist the changes do not go far enough.

This is an assault on students, their families, educators and school staff who respect hard work, demand solid attendance and good behavior. He says you no longer have to strive to be the best you can be because a Liberal politician has covered your butt.

Further, to suggest that students of color, children of immigrant parents and those from less well-off backgrounds cannot rise to the same level as anyone else is insulting and demeaning.

Barry Richard is the host of the Barry Richard Show at 1420 WBSM New Bedford. It can be heard on weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @ BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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