Academically unacceptable schools...

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Registered: 08-26-2000
Academically unacceptable schools...
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Sat, 08-13-2005 - 11:43am

I teach in a middle school that has a large number of kids from "poverty". We have been in "corrective action" once since all of this accountability stuff began, but managed to get out of it last year. (As a side note, when the "DAT Team" came to observe our school, classes, etc. I thought it was humorous that their take on things was that "the teachers are teaching and the kids are in class, but the cafeteria is too noisy". So we had to fix the noise issue in the cafeteria.)

Anyway, we are barely keeping our head above water as far as showing improvement and test scores and all that. We're still not sure that we "gained" last year - it'll be very close. Opened up the local newspaper last week, and one of the nearby middle schools has been declared "academically unacceptable" and the students at that school will be given an opportunity to transfer out. Where to? To our middle school or another with similar issues and a worse reputation than ours in the bottom of the pack.

Is it wrong to be resentful of this? And which kids have priority? The ones with the lowest test scores! So it's not like we'll be getting the cream of the crop! I can see allowing the kids to transfer, but couldn't they send them to the school with the gifted program (also near by) that has the TOP middle school scores in the district? Or some of the schools across town that are sailing along?

Right now, I feel like we're down, and they're just kicking us. You could take ALL of the students at that school and put them at a school of excellence across town and not much would change for those kids. And you could take the kids from the school of excellence and stick them in the "academically unacceptable" school building with the uncacceptable teachers and I bet they would still do fine. THe problems are a whole lot deeper than teachers and school.

We're hoping that our enrollment is higher than the other school and that we don't get too many. I'm just venting. The first day of school, I'll have a smile and we'll welcome everybody, but it's discouraging.

Anyone else with similar experiences?

Karen

 


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Registered: 06-04-2003
Sat, 08-13-2005 - 2:33pm

Karen, I am gonna keep this short and sweet. WELCOME TO MY WORLD!! I have been living the exact same existence for years now and frankly it sucks. This is why we get so burned outand leave the profession.

Oh and the part that really sucks is, good schools NEVER HIRE. The only jobs available are at new schools or problem schools. Good Luck, God Bless, and feel free to vent anytime.

GT34

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Registered: 08-26-2000
Sat, 08-13-2005 - 7:57pm

I know, we kind of share a world!

I've got nearly 20 years in, though. Our school didn't always have "children of poverty", but in the 15 years or so that I've been there, the demographics have done a flip. A few section 8 apartment complexes in the zone, and things went down hill. But we've got a good faculty, a principal that I mostly respect, and a positive atmosphere in spite of the issues.

I'm not going anywhere - have no desire to transfer; I'm 10 minutes from my house and 5 minutes from my kids' school. I like the people I work with.

It's just that we don't have the Statue of Liberty in front of our school saying, "Send me you poor, your ignorant, etc" We've got enough of our own...

Karen

 


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