Fairview Elementary Parents Protest Classroom Changes

School officials at Fairview Elementary in Bloomington are grouping students with new teachers based on their academic ability.

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    Fairview Elementary parents wait outside the MCCSC administration building after meeting with Superintendent Judy DeMuth about the recent changes to classroom structure.

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    Students at Fairview Elementary are being switched into different classrooms halfway through the school year.

Concerned parents of Fairview Elementary students picketed outside the Monroe County School Corporation’s Administrative Office today after school leaders gave children new classrooms on Friday of last week.

The school is grouping students with new teachers based on their academic ability.

In a letter dated January 11, Fairview principal Tammy Miller wrote to parents that “over 70 percent of our students are reading below grade level” and that she felt immediate action was necessary.

But the change came as a surprise to parents. Fairview PTO co-president Deborah Myerson says families weren’t notified before the move. She says the lack of forewarning by the administration left students and parents confused and upset.

“Kids went home crying on Friday,” Myerson says. “Parents didn’t know anything about it until their kids came home.  There was a very vague letter that was in kid’s backpacks explaining something about improving but nothing that told me who my child’s new teacher was.”

MCCSC spokeswoman Beverly Smith says district representatives met with parents this morning and listened to their concerns, but declined to make school officials available for a recorded interview prior to a Fairview Elementary’s previously scheduled PTO meeting tonight where they plan t to further discuss parents’ concerns.

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