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In paraphrasing Mr. Fernandez, you get a complete picture of the challenges: The immigrant population is changing the face of our region. Train teachers to teach young brains, the innovators of tomorrow. Reward, recruit and retain good teachers. Be smarter in positioning our students. There have been a lot of mistakes in execution. Reform doesn’t happen overnight.

The third way doesn’t kick Uncle Sam and his one-size-fits-all education policies to the curb, but it does entail employing proven solutions. (Besides, Head Start needs some stiff competition.)

For the sake of our children, wish VPP well.

Deborah Simmons can be reached at