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Horace Mann Lab School in Danger of Closing

By By: Amanda Read / Log Contributing Editor and Kate Artz
On October 12, 2010

The Horace Mann Laboratory School's fate is ambiguous past this academic year, as funding issues may call for the school to close.

The Loring Avenue school accommodates roughly 320 elementary students in grades K-5. In the interim, decreased funds could result in larger classes and cutting "special programs." If the school closed, students would need to be relocated to one of the other six elementary schools in Salem, increasing student-teacher ratios.

The school also serves as a place for Salem State students studying education to complete student teaching requirements of their degree. While there are other lab opportunities in the area, Horace Mann is most conveniently located.

Professor R. Clarke Fowler, Coordinator of Early Childhood Education at Salem State, said, "Horace Mann has been an integral part of the education programs at Salem State for many years now. Salem State's students and faculty benefit greatly from their work with the skilled and dedicated teachers and administrators who work at Horace Mann…. We are lucky to have such a fine school on campus that we can use on a regular basis, and sometimes on short notice, for demonstration lessons, observations, and student teaching placements."

Financial matters at the college could influence the survival of Horace Mann, as Horace Mann is owned and maintained by the college and provided to the school district free of charge. Cuts in state funding impacted the college last year when employees of the school were let go. According to the Salem News, Salem State even contributes to some of the principal's salary.

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