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Author: jfruhbauer Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 9935  
Subject: How to get a 0% drop-out rate Date: 1/26/2004 12:58 AM
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http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/01/06/60II/main591676.shtml

(CBS) It was called the “Texas Miracle,” and you may remember it because President Bush wanted everyone to know about it during his presidential campaign.

Houston School Superintendent Rod Paige was given credit for the school success, by making principals and administrators accountable for how well their students did.

Once he was elected president, Mr. Bush named Paige as secretary of education. And Houston became the model for the president's “No Child Left Behind” education reform act.

But then we find out...

All in all, 463 kids left Sharpstown High School that year – for a variety of reasons. The school reported zero dropouts, but dozens of the students did just that. School officials hid that fact by classifying, or coding them as leaving for acceptable reasons: transferring to another school, or returning to their native country.

“That's how you get to zero dropouts. By assigning codes that say, 'Well, this student, you know, went to another school. He did this or that.' And basically, all 463 students disappeared. And the school reported zero dropouts for the year,” says Kimball. “They were not counted as dropouts, so the school had an outstanding record.”

Jennifer
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Author: payitoff Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 3848 of 9935
Subject: Re: How to get a 0% drop-out rate Date: 1/26/2004 7:44 PM
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Hmm.. so they're not reporting the facts correctly. You know, I often wonder what is happening here with CSAP and all. The pressure might make some schools do the same thing. "Well, it's not really a lie...

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Author: fooledme Two stars, 250 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 3849 of 9935
Subject: Re: How to get a 0% drop-out rate Date: 1/26/2004 8:46 PM
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This is going to be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Texas - as well as other states. They also rewrote their tests and lowered the thresholds. "Cooking the books" is not an adequate description of the disaster of NCLB.

I have no problems with the end results of what NCLB wants to do. There are many people and schools doing many great things for kids. My problem is with the way the government is going about it, or rather not going about it. They give very little true support: just directives. My school lost over $250,000 dollars last year, had to close 10 positions, and had to increase funding in areas we did not believe necessary. Last week we were informed that NCLB dictates that we let parents know that we will pay $8.00 per hour for babysitters so that the parents can attend the mandated workshops and meeting we have to hold monthly. Oh, and pay them transportation reimbursement if they need it. Now I have to transfer money from someplace else to meet this requirement or we could lose all funding for next year if we do not comply.

We also have to provide supplemental services in the way of an afterschool tutoring program. However, NCLB says that the only way the money can be spent is for teacher salary and text materials and nothing to support the program. It also hires private companies such as Princeton Review and Sylvan that use the school for tutoring the most at risk kids. They have required that we provide security and clerical staff, but we get no funding for it. Again, we have to transfer money from the regular school programs we established - in effect taking money from kids.

I'm sure all of you can add many more horrors of NCLB in your system. NCLB is a farce that needs major exposure.

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Author: isewquilts2 Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 3850 of 9935
Subject: Re: How to get a 0% drop-out rate Date: 1/26/2004 9:27 PM
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Darn.
Fooledme, I wish I could rec this a million times. You hit the nail on the head.



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Author: jpbailey Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 3939 of 9935
Subject: Re: How to get a 0% drop-out rate Date: 2/22/2004 12:38 AM
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Interesting message. A couple of reactions:
ast week we were informed that NCLB dictates that we let parents know that we will pay $8.00 per hour for babysitters so that the parents can attend the mandated workshops and meeting we have to hold monthly. Oh, and pay them transportation reimbursement if they need it. Now I have to transfer money from someplace else to meet this requirement or we could lose all funding for next year if we do not comply.

I could be wrong - but I don't think this requirement is anywhere in NCLB. It could be that your state or district leadership decided to require this, but from looking over the text of the law and the Department's fact sheets - there doesn't seem to be this requirement.

We also have to provide supplemental services in the way of an afterschool tutoring program. However, NCLB says that the only way the money can be spent is for teacher salary and text materials and nothing to support the program. It also hires private companies such as Princeton Review and Sylvan that use the school for tutoring the most at risk kids. They have required that we provide security and clerical staff, but we get no funding for it. Again, we have to transfer money from the regular school programs we established - in effect taking money from kids.

Supplemental services are part of the law - but there's money behind it. Title I money has been increased by 59%. If a school is required to provide supplemental services - 20% of their title I funds are used for it. And there's no stipulation that it can't be spent to cover the costs of the program. And NCLB doesn't hire the companies - the state approves the providers. Your school could be a provider too and therefore keep the funds.

It seems like you have some legitmate concerns, but they don't seem to be attibuted to the federal law. It sounds like the folks making the decisions with your funds are confused with how to implement the programs...

--John


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