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It can. Each district is very different and they get different amounts of state money. The rest has to be made up by the community. She worked in the most affluent community around so what hers needs is very different from ours.
I bet. No other board members to point that out to her?
I don’t know. I don’t go to meetings.
That last, "I don't go to the meetings" is pretty much a bad thing, if you vote a fool in and let them go on their own, YOU are largely responsible for not heading her/him/it off from bad choices.
Voting is only PART of participating in your government, making your day to day voice heard is just as important as voting.
I went when I had children in public school. Only one of my children actually graduated from that district, which is a very long story and which I won’t get into here. At this point, parents with children in school have the most important voices, because it affects them personally. They want to know where your children are enrolled, and if they are not going to public school, they don’t listen. I had a personal disagreement with the district anyway, and was not particularly welcome there after a while. I began working privately with learning disabilities that the school refused to or could not correct. When I got to a 100% success rate teaching children with poor comprehension skills, they got angry and refused to have anything to do with me. I even offered to come in and volunteer to work with students who couldn’t afford a private educator and they refused that. I offered to discount my fees so I was working barely above my own costs and they refused to tell parents. So, my dealings with the district are not that good anymore. Their attitude is that if a child can’t learn in their schools, they can’t learn at all and should get tech training rather than expect to be able to read at adult level. They don’t even encourage them to take the SAT or ACT.
That's criminal! Kudos and thank you for trying to help the kids who couldn't afford your private services.
Our schools are very good for gifted students and for those with things like autism or developmental delays. Those in the middle with LDs or ADD, who might be gifted but struggle end up failing.
lol My older daughter was in the gifted program (qualified with verbal test). In 8th grade, she was in a gifted class. Our district' policy in classrooms is (at least was, ) to put both gifted and challenged kids in the same class. This teacher taught to the challenged kids, thinking it unfair to them otherwise. Spelling exercises were coloring a picture, then writing the words around the outside of it, scrambling the letters of the word (!!!) and I forget what else I sat in the class and listened to her dumb everything down. I went in and requested a change, citing the reasons. She was switched. Didn't even have to do spelling in the new class, just vocabulary.
The teacher had a point. How do you teach both groups? Is it possible, or is it always unfair to one or the other?
In my experience, they either taught to the top, and left the others behind, or they taught to the bottom and the brilliant students taught themselves. The private school model is much more effective. They teach the classes with challenges for everyone, but if someone is floundering, they pull them out of class, tutor privately and place them back into class the next day. That is remarkably effective with math and science, and gives them a chance to get their other work done in the more literary subjects. Public schools are more of a warehousing effect. The best students rise to the top. Schools that have a lot of overachievers do well in public testing and send students to top colleges. I always thought it was the level of the parental involvement and expectations that make or break a school, not the quality of the teaching. Which is really sad when you think about it like that. And very non PC.
True. I have a neighbor who is a teacher in a neighboring city. She lives here, her kids go to school here, but she says vehemently that she wouldn't teach here and deal with the parents in this city for anything!
Sigh, pretty sure you have accurately described schools in CA. When I was in school (will be 67 in May), we were "tracked", by their definition of ability and the state test results. At some point, that was either declared illegal, or changed when they realized it stigmatized the less stellar students. What you describe as happening in private schools sounds great. The developmental program my kids were in was good at it, too.