Indeed, the typical student in Amesbury is not afforded a “free and appropriate” education. Our very limited Advanced Placement offerings are often simply a row of students who are given extra homework in a class otherwise filled with non-AP students. Even worse, AHS has students attempting to learn advanced curriculum through a self-study plan or paying tuition to a local college. This is not a good set-up for high-level outcomes. Almost none of our students can compete to get into the best colleges — but it’s not their fault. We are failing them.
It is time for us to demand that all of our students be afforded an appropriate education. It is only then that our brand will rise and our tax rate will go down.