Parents support privately run middle school in city

April 24, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

As many as 200 parents, children and teachers from Baltimore's three privately run schools descended on school system headquarters yesterday calling for a middle school to be run by the same company, Edison Schools Inc.

Parents carried signs and children played musical instruments in support of the for-profit company's expansion.

"I fully believe Edison has given us nothing but the best," said Chanel Thompson, the parent of three children at Montebello Elementary/Junior Academy.

Zina Barr said another school, Furman L. Templeton, where she has two children, now deals with "the whole child."

"I'm a big supporter. I want my children to go through Edison partnership schools," she said.

At the public board meeting inside, one member said the school system had not received a formal request for an Edison middle school and asked company officials to submit one.

"We are thrilled with the opportunity to send a proposal," said Cynthia D. Robbins, an Edison vice president.

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