Are our schools failing?

   According to the Department of Education, as many as 4 in 5 will fail to make adequate yearly progress this year.  So is this failing?

Personally I agree that NCLB NEEDS to be changed, but saying that 82% of schools will fail to meet AYP under NCLB (acronyms are fun!) is just abusing statistics.

It's not the schools that are failing.  The answers are WAY more complex than that, as are the solutions.

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RPS205 CFO or maybe Weatherman…

The CFO of the Rockford Public School District (RPS205) would make a great weatherman.  How many other jobs do you know of that allow you to be wrong more often than right and still get paid. 

Then again, since I know how difficult it is to predict the weather and thus have no real problems with weathermen, maybe I should call the RPS CFO a whether-man instead.

As in whether his predictions will help or hinder the current RPS205 superintendent.

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Where is all of the money?

The state of Illinois is way behind on paying its bills.  I’m sure that doesn’t surprise anybody, but I want to know where all of the money is?  Too many things are affected by this problem.

And it’s not just Illinois’ problem, either.  Most of the states in this country have this problem.  Heck, a lot of COUNTRIES have this problem.

I guess it’s true… The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.  A simple balance of economics.

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Discrimination…

I will write an article on this later, but for right now I want to know what YOU consider to be discrimination.

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Changes to Education laws?!?!?

President Obama has tasked Congress with changing education laws before the beginning of the next school year.

This can be a good thing or a bad thing.  The current law looked good on paper and made the right noises to be accepted, but there was and is extremely inadequate funding and the goals were ridiculous in practice.  But since the penalties under the current law are all too real, the focus for school administrators has become “Raise the SCORES!!!”

The goal of education is to prepare our children to take our place in the world, NOT to be able to choose the correct answer from 4-5 possibilities.  If you want to measure the success of a child, measure reality, not a stupid test score.

Please comment.  (also looking for contributors)

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School consolidation?

The governor of Illinois came up with the idea of consolidating all Illinois school districts to a much smaller number as a cost saving measure. 

Personally I think that this isn’t going to save nearly as much as he thinks.  Yes he’ll save on Superintent salaries, but there are a whole bunch of other costs that will need to be considered.  Not to mention various logistical issues.

Then again if it were to get rid of the current Rockford, Illinois superintendent, it might just be worth it.

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Tsunami

Our hearts and well-wishes go out to all who have been affected by this disaster.

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