Public Schools, Part of the Problem?

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From USA Today, "The study, which uses 2002 and 2003 data, the most current available, finds that public schools graduate 69.6% of an estimated 4 million eligible students each spring, meaning about 1.2 million students likely won't graduate this year. That means about 7,000 students drop out per school day, Swanson says.

Researcher Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute says Swanson's figures "seriously understate graduation rates, especially for minorities." They say that just 52% of blacks graduate, and 57% of Hispanics.

Prresidnet Obama, like his predessors before him have increase the Federal Budget expenditures for Education, this time putting an emphasis on elementary, secondary and early childhood education.

It is estimated that 41 states have a 35 billion dollar education shortfall.

For some interesting reading, go to the National Educators Association and look at their Issues and Actions section.   And additional information can be found at the website for the American Association of School Administrators.

From the NEA website, "Obviously we don't want to tie our merit to test scores," Preusser says. "If that happens, I want a dorm in the back of the school where the kids can live 24/7."

Call it old-fashioned, like Mom and apple pie, but NEA still believes a short and strong salary schedule, with a minimum of $40,000 annual pay for teachers, is best. It rewards teachers for things we know make a difference in teacher quality-knowledge and experience-and, at the same time, avoids the capriciousness of typical merit pay plans."

From the AASA website, "When asked how they are using or plan to use ARRA Title I monies, the top five responses were:

    • professional development (63 percent)
    • saving existing personnel positions (58 percent)
    • classroom technology (53 percent)
    • classroom equipment/supplies (38 percent)
    • software (35 percent)
  • The top five reported uses for ARRA IDEA dollars are identical:
    • professional development (68 percent)
    • saving existing personnel positions (61 percent)
    • classroom technology (54 percent)
    • classroom equipment/supplies (41 percent)
    • software (37 percent)

And additional comments from one involved."But Charles Barone, a former congressional staffer who helped design the education reform law, says the plan doesn't go far enough. He predicts states won't do much to change how they hire teachers - and they'll still get their money. "All they're going to have to do is copy and paste what's in their current plan to get this money," says Barone, who now consults about education and writes a popular blog."

End the end, more government waste and no accountability.



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  1. Wallace S. Gibson, CPM 02/15/2010 10:59 PM
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William True
True Sarasota Real Estate - Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Real Estate

Something needs to be done, but there's no inexpensive, easy solution!

Feb 15, 2010 11:00 PM #1
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Great posts and no matter how we slice it as real estate professionals, failing schools districts enjoy lower real estate values across the board!!!

Feb 15, 2010 11:01 PM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

One of the old fashioned issues in education has to be tenure...who does that...who should do that...and how or does it perpetuate, initiate any kind of quality education....I had a tenured Prof in college who was Blind...after roll more students in class....hmmmm...

Feb 15, 2010 11:02 PM #3
Kevin Robinson
Twin Falls, ID
Fractional Developer

Our kids attend a private school and always have. It is great becuase they get treated as paying customers who expect a product in return for their money.

Feb 16, 2010 12:28 AM #4
Amy Law
Alliance Properties - Crosby, TX

Until this school year I was a public school teacher for 19 years. I couldn't step back into that hell hole of a job one more day.

The problem with accountablility is there is absolutely no way for it to be objective. One year you could be the greatest teacher in the world, and the next year the worst. It just depends on how your classes are stacked (which students are assigned to you). Your classes are stacked based on if your assistant principal and counslors like you or not. OR if they like you TOO much because you are super good. There are many ways to hurt or help a teacher's statistics and some administrators are very good at this but act like they do not understand it at all.

There are way too many students in school that do not belong in general college bound studies and do not want to be there and do absolutely nothing but spead evilness and hate all day long and keep the decent kids from being able to learn. The way we require all students to attend school and take algebra until they are 16, there is no practical place for these non-college bound kids to go. They just WAIST. WAIST, WAIST, WAIST. Time, tools, space, resources, other kids attitudes, teacher's attention, special programs...

You found my sore spot. I could go on for days...

Feb 16, 2010 07:50 AM #5
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