Dropout rates are hard to measure. Usually understated or overstated depending on which flaw is imbedded in the methodology. For example, some dropout rates do not account for a family moving in or out of a district. Regardless, there is nothing that a governor, a school district, or a teacher can do anymore to impact this situation. The kids are so off the charts, so lazy, and their priorities are just out of whack. There is no steering available to them, no role models, and no hope. And it's not their fault, really. Their parents, their culture...to blame. Allowed to freely move, water seeks the lowest level. With a global economy and open borders, the U.S. economy and culture will move to seeking the "lowest level". It has to. This kind of statistic is just one example of that. We're spending too much time worrying about whether polar bears find 25 or 26 seals each winter due to global warming, yet our own society is cratering around us. In 1945, we dropped nuclear bombs and otherwise blew Japan into oblivion. It took only one generation of determined Japanese to rebuild, train and once again become an economic powerhouse. In our country, it's been two, three generations since the Civil Rights movement and MLK, yet with access to all the right opportunities for the last 40 years, there seems overall to be no progress. Who's responsible for that? Why has the Texas coast and Mississippi coast seen noticeable signs of Katrina recovery, yet New Orleans still is waiting for someone to come in and save it? How do we inspire all of our citizens to greatness?
This guy is the TEXAS LEGISLATURE'S offical distributo of CRAPOLA! Anyone who knows anything at all about the Texas Ed. System knows that a schools "Report Card" of operations, expendetures, scores, etc. includes an accounting of the drop-out rate. If there was a school whose drop-out rate was 50%, they would have gone the way of Wilmer-Hutchins ISD YEARS ago, and it would have made the front page of every news paper in the state. no, THIS GUY IS SELLING CRAPOLA so, that Gov. GoodHair and boys can arguea way to cut school funding, including teacher salaries, and give the general population another "$2000" tax cut, which is only realized by folks in the upper 2% of the wage earners in the state. Reminds me of Ross Perot and his Ed. crusade in the early 1980's that got us in the mess we are in now!
Under Texas education rules, a student who leaves a district and either moves in state or out of state will be counted as a dropout if the school doesn't get a written request for records from another school prior to the end of October of the following school year, and recently, due to pressure from the federal government's NCLB Act, students who get a GED are now counted as dropouts even though they do qualify to go on to college. That said, there are also a large number of students in Texas public schools who have not been counted as dropouts by the state or federal government due to legislation enacted by our brilliant state legislature several years ago that now allows parents to withdraw their children from school to be home schooled without having to prove that they are actually doing so. The parent simply notifies the school of their intent to home school their child and signs a Home School form that goes into the child's school folder. These children are not included as dropouts by the state since they are supposed to be receiving educational services from their parents. Truth is that this rule has been abused repeatedly throughout the state by dead beat parents who either can't or don't want to make any effort to keep their child in school. In far too many cases, these parents and/or their child are facing truancy charges due to their child's poor attendance. The law that allows them to do this does not require or provide for any oversight by anyone in the school system to ensure that the parent is, in fact, providing their child an appropriate education, nor does the state have anyone in any agency to verify the student is really receiving an education at home. Since these students are not counted as drop outs, in some cases, school administrators themselves are just as guilty by encouraging a parent of a student who may not pass the TAKS and/or has been truant to withdraw their child to avoid having to deal with the local truancy court. The reason administrators do this is because these students very likely will not pass TAKS which could lower the school's TAKS passing rate and academic rating, and these students are also contributing to a lower attendance rate at the school by being absent so much. Even parents who just come in with no intent to home school and tell administrators their child is going to drop out are often encouraged to sign a home school form. For them to do so is a violation of law, but since no one at the state level checks to see if the law is being followed, it is broken repeatedly throughout the state. Bottom line is, TAKS has become our master. It is the Tail wagging the dog.
But Sheehan wants them to be able to make $7.50 an hour shoveling french fries so that they won't live in poverty.
Well said 1:57...it's all about the TAKS. My stepdaughter was supposed to graduate in 2005...passed every class, but failed the math portion of the TAKS by one point, took it again and failed again by one point...she DID NOT get her diploma, did not get to walk across the stage with her peers. My husband tried everything, even calling FOX news and getting on television with my stepdaughter to plead their case...nobody listened, didn't change a thing. SOMETHING has got to be done...she was one student, I can't imagine how many others did not get their high school diploma despite the fact that they passed all their classes.
if you took boyd/newark off that list there would be no cause for alarm. they skew the results toward the negative
we're TESTING them to death! Can't blame em!
2:35 Don't forget Chico in that group.
I agree with "betty boop" totally...there is TOO much pressure put on the students by the TAKS test...it is unfair to base graduate/not graduate on the scores from that test...Something needs to be changed.
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