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Viewpoint - January 20, 2010

Letter: Menlo should keep Ravenswood students

As a former teacher and tutor on the Peninsula, I think that taking away the opportunity for mostly low-income students from Ravenswood to attend Menlo Park schools would be a huge, huge mistake as mentioned in the Dec. 14 story: Menlo Park schools face unpleasant options.

Instead of being a burden on the school district, opening up enrollment would actually improve the district's financial situation as it would enable Menlo Park to apply for readily available federal and state funding for at-risk students through SES and Race to the Top initiatives. I argue that the best use of those funds is for one-on-one tutoring. Instead of limiting opportunity, opening our doors to other students would create a well-balanced, diverse, and more personalized learning atmosphere for all.

Seth Linden, president

Tutorpedia, San Francisco

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