We've added the link, Monique. And here it is, too: https://getschooled.com/attendance-counts/…
Thanks for the suggestion!
It would be great if a link to the JHU study was provided.
Good points: Eastman House, Susan B. Anthony House, RMSC, easy commute except in winter, festivals from January to December, excellent suburban schools, relatively low cost of living. Negative points: Winters can be a nightmare b/c no one closes down until the blizzard's in full force, concentrated poverty, violent crime in the city, ungovernable central school district, inept, corrupt and clueless political and civic leaders, lack of good jobs, crumbling infrastructure.
The city schools will never be saved as long as the power that controls them remains so entrenched and the foundations of this power remain. If Vargas was serious about colleges "owning" schools he would be promoting charter take-overs of some kind. He is really advocating for college operation and this outsourcing approach will do more harm than good. You don't fix a car with an engine problem by allowing a doll-up specialist to work on the paint or the tire trim. Mechanics need to take it apart and put it back together. Central office and the unions would never allow for this.
Colleges do not want to get their hands covered with oil and grease. They do not want to take real ownership and there is no evidence they can do any better. This is just a ploy.
The power needs to go back into the schools, the classrooms and the living rooms.
I recently graduated from Thomas Jefferson high school.
One of the main problems I have came a crossed over the years was that many students does not have the courage to put effort into school seriously. I believe that the main majority of the problem is the students because, when the students fail exams or classes it affects teachers alot more than the student would expect. There should be a change in the RCSD without the Community getting involved their wouldn't be an opportunity.
The RCSD is certainly STUCK…. stuck in the expectation that all students will go on to college. Where is the vocational education that would lead to jobs right out of high school? Where are the apprenticeship programs that would lead students into good jobs in construction, automotive, or electrical and plumbing services? RCSD has consistently refused to open up such training programs to city students, instead insisting that attending 2 year or 4 year college is the optimum path to a successful life. RCSD needs to provide a better variety of quality work-related training to our students so they can have some hope of economic reward other than having to attend college.
Vargas wants to put wings on our inner city students. Wings! Can you imagine that? The man is a genius, a visionary and a quantum leap thinker. Let him. Support him. Open the doors. Part the way, so that our kids can fly. Inga Songbird
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