Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Magnet Schools

Over in Inside Ed they're discussing the BCPSS decision to make it harder to kick kids out of Citywide highschools once they get accepted. Seems like a bad idea to me, but maybe I'm missing something. First off these schools are getting money per head for these kids, so they've already got incentive to keep them there. I would think we're talking about kids that are disruptive or are just not doing the work. Hard to imagine that making the schools keep these kids won't bring down the school overall.

1 comment:

  1. Mr. Alonso's appears to advocate in the best interests of students on this issue. It is important to clarify which students benefit from his policies. In all fairness, magnet schools are not looking to unload students simply because they are not receiving A's and B's. Instead, they are trying to transfer students who have either failed every class or have no genuine interest in education, they have many absences and have other priorities. Apparently, Mr. Alonso's interest lies in helping these students. Students who genuinely care about their education will be on the short end of the stick. This should not be a surprise--Mr. Alonso is simply enforcing another policy--life isn't fair!


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