Save the Tenafly High School Business Department

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The Tenafly Board of Education has proposed a plan to remove the Business Department to cut back on spending costs and remain in budget. This decision, if passed, will affect many students and faculty members at Tenafly High School. By removing the business department, many classes and opportunities initially given to Tenafly students might be taken away. These include courses that will better prepare them for college and their future careers that they may pursue. In addition, all business-oriented programs won’t be present in the school. In today’s competitive world, being able to get a substantial picture of how businesses function, across many sectors and industries, is essential. Many students who dream of owning their own companies in the future must first learn the vital skills to help them do so. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in 2016, the highest number of Master’s degrees were given in fields of business. Without business courses in high school, along with the popularity of students pursuing the fields mentioned above in higher education, students will not have the fundamental skill-set to succeed and prepare themselves for the real world. These core skills are only attainable for students from the kind of courses that the Board of Education is planning to remove from the curriculum.

As two Tenafly High School Juniors who have taken and are planning to take business courses in the future, we strongly believe that the business department and all that it has to offer provides an opportunity that should be available to all future Tenafly High School students.

We hope that you see how big of a role the business department plays in preparing students for the future. By signing this petition, we hope to spread our voices and ultimately, get the Board of Education to change their proposal. 

Thanks a lot for your support.

Yoav Dekel and Maor Mashiach

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