I am the parent of two Jackson County High School students, who were separately encouraged to drop out of school. In 2009 my oldest son was told by a Jackson County School Counselor “School’s just not for you, you’d be better off to drop out and get your GED” Then just today my youngest son was told “We don’t even have to take you this year, I think you should just drop out and get your GED, you can still go to College” He told her that he wants to go to a full University not just a technical college. As a parent I am doing the best I can to continue to encourage my children that even if it gets tough to keep going and accomplish school then go on to accomplish what ever they want. I don’t need their own school system to discourage them into quitting, I’m fighting that at home. I am frustrated and mad that anyone in the position of advising children would even think of telling a child to “just quit”, and how dare they do that to MY children, or anyone else’s. How many children have they done this to? Where is the “you can do it” support. I wish the school board was open right now, I’d be on the phone. It’ll have to wait until in the morning.