Sunday, June 11, 2017

Saving Schools That Save Students: Alternative High Schools Are An Essential Element of School Districts | Ed In The Apple

Saving Schools That Save Students: Alternative High Schools Are An Essential Element of School Districts | Ed In The Apple:

Saving Schools That Save Students: Alternative High Schools Are An Essential Element of School Districts


I guess we can call 2016-17 “The Year of ESSA,” the planning/crafting year of the federally required Every Student Succeeds Act that will submitted to the US Department of Education in September.
Two of the leading education thinkers in the nation, Linda Darling-Hammond and Scott Marion have guided the process, scores of hours of meetings, discussions all leading to an accountability plan: identifying the lowest 5% of Title 1 schools. and creating school improvement plans.
The process has been transparent, with endless opportunities for feedback and public comment.
Tuesday night the State Ed held one of many public forums at a high school in Brooklyn, and I traveled out to give my three minutes of wisdom.
The Long Island meeting only had 50 attendees and 11 speakers, compared to the Common Core open meetings that were packed, angry audiences, so angry that Commissioner King suspended the meetings.
I arrived early and was surprised – the auditorium had a couple of hundred attendees, mostly high school students and teachers.
Commissioner Elia, flanked by Regents Cashin and Reyes sat at a table with League of Women Voter volunteers monitoring the three-minute speaking time limit.


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