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Merritt: School Choice program could end

State seeking waiver to leave federal program

January 15, 2013

PARKERSBURG — County school officials are making plans to eliminate the federal School Choice program in the event the state is granted a waiver....

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Jan-15-13 12:24 PM

Disagree all you want... the state comes in when schools consistently fail to meet standards. We have quite a few in this county that fit that description, and do it continuously. Burying our heads in the sand doesn't change that fact.

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Jan-15-13 10:25 AM

Most of the schools that do not meet AYP have a subgroup of students with 50 or more students in them. It doesn't matter how the school does as an average. If the students in that subgroup don't reach AYP, the whole school fails. Your school can have averages the upper 80's to 90's on the test and still not reach AYP because of a subgroup not passing.

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Jan-15-13 9:54 AM

*out of our hands.

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Jan-15-13 9:53 AM

The only schools that consistently meet the AYP are the ones in Vienna. The majority of the schools in Parkersburg do NOT meet AYP. It isn't just little "Taneeka" (yeah, no unnecessary racial profiling there) or a "bad" teacher, there are several contributing factors and much evidently needs remedied. This is a county-wide problem, not just a school here and there, and Vienna seems to be the only district unaffected. Now WHY is that? All of my children in their respective grades are doing quite well, but they are all in schools that don't meet AYP. Transferring them to another school that does just overloads another school that is already struggling to meet the demand, and may not meet AYP the following year because of the burden of the additional students. Not to mention, the "School Choice" hasn't worked. Eventually, the schools that consistently fail to meet AYP get taken over by the state, so if this county doesn't get it together, it's going to be ou

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Jan-15-13 7:01 AM

True school choice would include a voucher system and the choice would include private schools.The competition for students would be an incentive to improve.

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Jan-15-13 6:56 AM

Well at least the BOE is doing what is best for the students. Remember that when they tell you they are doing something because they are looking out for the kids.

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