Pleasanton schools fail to meet 'No Child Left Behind' standards
Original post made on Oct 26, 2012
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 26, 2012, 7:52 AM
on Oct 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm
"Despite increasing its Academic Performance Index score by nine points, from 906 to 915 over the last year, and better test scores for nearly every minority group, the Pleasanton school district has joined a lengthy list of schools that don't meet federal standards."
That's exactly the intent of "No Child Left Behind".
First, set goals that are higher and higher each year.
Second, starve the schools of resources needed to achieve these goals (funding for K-12 and post-secondary education is down 20%-25% over just the past five years, after Wall Street nuked the economy).
Third, declare "public education" a failure, dissolve the teachers' unions, and turn over the schools to private corporations, which will manage them for a profit. Teachers will no longer be professionals but at-will employees who can be fired for any reason or no reason at all. The private "education corporations" will fatten their bank accounts with taxpayer dollars while reducing or eliminating services such as libraries, counseling, and assistance for special needs students. Librarians, counselors, and special education don't add to the quarterly profit returns, you see.
They call it "charter schools". Got news for you: charter schools and private schools don't perform any better (and in fact, in many cases have a worse performance) than public schools. But then again, public schools don't enrich a few powerful individuals, who have bought and paid for all the politicians they need to ram this scheme down our throats.
I taught in Pleasanton schools for eight years. To call such excellent schools with great kids and outstanding teachers a "failure" just shows the true intent of "No Child Left Behind". Of course, there are a lot of folks in Pleasanton who will support this foolish destruction of public education for ideological reasons: they hate those EVIL UNIONS.
We are in a sorry economic mess, but it wasn't the teachers' unions who exported millions of American jobs to India and China. It wasn't the teachers' unions who destroyed the world financial system and then demanded $12 trillion in taxpayer-funded bailouts. But somehow, the public employee unions are evil...no, it doesn't make sense, but the anti-union folks never were strong on logic or reasoning skills.
on Oct 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm
Congratulations to Pleasanton Middle School!!!!! You were reemed on this site for not meeting the needs of at-risk students 2 years ago when you discovered you were in PI. People on this site blaimed the teachers' union, Hispanic students, you name it. But you ROSE above this negativity and now you are officially out of PI and are in Safe Harbor. Same school, same teachers, you just changed a few things and made it a better place for kids. You received more funding and put the money to good use.
Congratulations!!! Less than 10% of schools ever get out of PI and yet you did it. EXCELLENT JOB!!!!!
on Oct 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm
Bradford, name one private school that has not outperformed public schools? I'm sure there's Avery good reason you no longer teach in Pleasanton schools, but I'm sure you don't want to go there.......
Suffice it to say, that the teachers unions are the primary cause of the mess our schools have become. Your union protects underperforming and ill suited teachers to the detriment of all students and yet your ilk continues to defend their tactics.
If you had the students best interest at heart, you would not go to such lengths to defend union opportunists