Now this sounds like a very well thought out solution. You will find that student behavior will improve simply because these students arn't around their friends who sometimes influence them to act as they do. The TAP instructional system is probably similar to the computer based instructional program we used. We used a similar system to establish a self-paced program. Meaning that the students mastered subjects at their own pace instead of enduring the pressure of having to complete lessons at the same time as others. We didn't use a lottery system, instead, we called these schools simply, schools of choice. This way we could include all students who wanted to come, not just a few. Venture school in Arlington, Texas,(a public school) is an example of a school I am talking about. In this school there was also a TAPPS Program for pregnant girls. This program paid for day care service for the girls so they couldn't use the excuse, "I can't come to school because there is no one to take care of my baby." We had a bus come to pick up the girl and her child, take the child to daycare, take the girl to school and pick up both after school and take them home. This program really worked out well. We wrote a grant and used Federal money to fund the TAPPS Program<quoted text>
You are correct about student ratio's. We are advocating a 15:1 as well in addition an extended school day and year. My research shows that "at-risk" students need the extended time and more individual attention afforded by lower student/teacher ratio. I would also like to see departmentalized instruction with alot of project based instruction. Behavioral issues will be addressed by extensive use of social services geared to deal with "at-risk" student behavior. Instruction will be technology rich and strageties individuaized. Assessment will occur at the end of each instructional period so that instruction is data driven. We will employ the TAP instructional system which has proven highly successful in lower performing schools (according to Walter Lee, Superintendent of Desoto Parish and BESE member). Students will be chosen by a lottery system should applicants exceed seats available.
The main problem we had with Charter Schools was that because they weren't under the same auspices as public schools, there was a lot of misused funds, fraudulent attendance reporting, and fraudulent testing procedures that were used. Because the charter schools got their funds from the state, they would turn in fraudulant attendance reports to get more money. Since they boasted about improving student scores, we found that there was a great deal of fraudulent testing procedures used. Most Charter schools didn't last because after we found out about all the fraudulent things going on, their charters were pulled. Most of the Charter Schools that lasted served a distinct population of students, for example, gifted and talented. This is why we came up with schools of choice, so we could help the at-risk students.