MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - In December 2008 we editorialized how positive it was that Montgomery would be making the Coosa Street crossing a quiet zone, private crossing so the loud train whistles would stop for folks trying to sleep at downtown hotels. Now it seems that will actually happen sometime in the near future, a little more than two years after the process began! It's unfortunate it took this long.
In May 2008 we complimented the leadership of E.D. Nixon elementary for the school receiving a Torchbearer designation by the state and encouraged all schools and businesses to demand and expect excellence and engage everyone in the process to achieve it. The leadership at T.S. Morris Elementary in Montgomery stepped up and helped the school earn the Torchbearer designation for the 2009 school year. And this week, both E.D. Nixon and T.S. Morris were named Torchbearer schools for 2010, two of only 11 schools in the state so honored. Both prove high poverty schools can be high performing schools as more than 80 percent of their students are considered poor and more than 80 percent scored proficient or better in both reading and math on multiple state tests.
Regarding the guest editorial by Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange on the Capital of Dreams campaign, one viewer emailed "…the working guy or the guy unable to find a decent job because his dreams should have included a decent education at a safe school doesn't really see it that way." Another emailed "We must be willing to follow our leaders when they say we need to step up to the plate and invest our time in children who are not our own children but children who need our help. We must be willing to vote an increase in our taxes to build the community services that we know need strengthening. No, Montgomery is not what we dreamed of when we were kids, but it isn't as bad as it was when we were children."
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