Goes to show you that just spending money does not educate children. It is targeting how and where to spend money. I would bet that a lot of the states inner city schools are at the top of the list of spending but no one wants to send their children to school there. The ones that do would like to have a way out.
Problem is smoke that our great education in RH is going down hill quick. One of my sons graduates this year along with only 45% of his senior class. Thats right only 45% of this senior class is supposed to graduate next month.
One of the problems with that has to do with the state and federal requirements of testing. Teachers are required to teach students how to take standardized test instead of teaching them core subject matter. When students graduate (if they do) all they know how to do is take test. We dont need to put more money in the system. Although the state needs to to pay up what they owe the local systems. The schools need to just teach. The teachers know this. They will be the first to tell you the system is wrong. Not much they can do about it though, it is the states way or no job.
I followed the link to the RHHS report card on the Georgia Department of
Education Website. They list the
RHHS graduation rate for 2010 as 84.5%. I find it hard to believe that it will drop all the way down to 45% in one year.
Thats what is being reported by staff at the high school. Approx 48% are supposed to graduate on time.
Sorry to disagree on the funding issue. It may may not be a direct correlation but I garauntee you that the lack of spending on the schools/students has an effect. There is not excuse for us to be lagging that far behind on spending.
Throwing money at the government education system is a failed plan. There is plenty of proof around the nation, and obviously within this state that the dumping of more tax dollars into a public government education will not fix most of the problems. If in fact, and this has yet to be proven via objective data and not based on a rumor heard on a blog, then the problems are not based on the amount of money spent per child. All three of my children graduated from RH High and two were honor roll students. More likely the problems are with the parents and the children, not what we spend per child. As RH grows we will become more diverse in socio-economic stratification and as lower income families enter the system many of the same problems that exist in those social situations will drag down graduation rates. Not a value judgement, just a fact of life. All we can do as parents is make sure that our children are doing the best that they can and that we are giving them all of the support they need to graduate ahead of their peers.