Jesus Billy, how do you survive in the real world?
If you're referring to my mentally lazy quote, I am continually amazed at the sheer number of people who take the mentally easier but physically more difficult route in life, just because they don't feel like focusing their brainpower. Then they suffer through their slog and complain about how difficult things are and how the deck is stacked against them. I see it all of the time, and I always counsel my mentees/students to not be afraid of thinking things through so that they can get clarity and see where efficiencies can be found, instead of leaping to silly conclusions based upon incomplete information and incorrect assumptions, and thus go about things the hard way. Vision and perspective are both huge. To be more specific, there are more choices than either Independence Charter School or the Radnor public school system. I actually like both, but there are so very many options out there that I can't imagine concluding that I just had to have one out of those two. I am perfectly pleased with my kids' school, as are many others judging upon the tuition and the enrollment. However, I recognize that it is one in a universe of choices, very many of which I'd be comfortable with. Maybe I have more confidence in my kids than the Radnor people in this example do?
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Every thread I have ever read on this message board about public education is a joke.
Jesus Christ, Ghandi and George Washington coud come back and take over Germantown High and the test scores would pretty much remain the same.
According to the Wissahickon CS's annual report, the student population is over 90% Black and 80% of children come from economically disadvantaged families.
Annual Reports and Enrollment Data. This is different from Green Woods CS, for which 176 of the 205 students are White and only 19% are economically disadvantaged. Whatever Wissahickon CS is doing, it's not so exclusive that it's a demographic outlier the way Green Woods is. But yes, Annie, I agree that letters of recommendation for 4 year olds are extreme. I think that a short letter from a preschool teacher should suffice.
Let's remember the point of this thread: Charters cannot use any barriers to enrollment that regular public schools cannot use. Their achievement and racial compostion are not the issue; barriers are. End of story.
'Significant barriers to entry' at many Philadelphia charters, says District report | Philadelphia Public School Notebook
The article mentions there is a charter out there that outdoes Wissahickon:During a public presentation, District Deputy for Strategic Initiatives Thomas Darden showed a slide indicating that Boys Latin has “significant barriers to entry.” But Darden, who resigned last week after a number of public missteps, did not mention them.
Later, Commissioner Feather Houstoun asked Boys Latin CEO David Hardy why his school was identified by the District as having a problematic application process.
“I’m stumped,” responded Hardy, who then proceeded to tell the commissioners about requiring face-to-face meetings with parents and signed “notifications of interest” before applicants are offered enrollment.
The SRC voted unanimously to renew Boys Latin’s charter and approve its planned expansion – with the condition that the school agree to a new admissions process to be approved by the Office of Charter Schools.
Another unnamed charter required applicants to complete an 11-page application, write an essay, respond to 20 short-answer questions, provide three recommendations, be interviewed, and provide records related to their disciplinary history, citizenship and disability status.
Its not all bad, though. Having parents sign agreements that their child will be charged for acts of violence or criminal activity on the school might be a good idea for all publics to drive home the point that they too as parents are responsible if their kid becomes an impediment to their classmate's learning. Its implied but spelling it out might actually be a good policy.
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