8:31 am March 24, 2009, by Laura Diamond
DeKalb school officials are opening a military-style public school even though the involvement of the U.S. Marines has upset many parents and other community activists.
Opponents say the school is a ploy to help the Marines recruit students.
But school officials insist the school is not a military training center. Superintendent Crawford Lewis said the magnet school provides parents with another option.
The school, which is planned to open in August, will have a principal to oversee academics, including a focus on math and science. The district also hired a commandant to oversee a military-style regimen. The Marines and the district would share the costs of running the school.
The military already has permission to visit high schools and recruit students. Many high schools offer JROTC programs, which teach leadership, discipline and communication skills while exposing students to opportunities available in the military.
Is DeKalb showing innovation with this school? Or are parents and others right to protest a school run with the military?
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