Burlington district tops state's drop...

Burlington district tops state's dropout rate

There are 4 comments on the Hawk Eye story from Mar 27, 2009, titled Burlington district tops state's dropout rate. In it, Hawk Eye reports that:

The Burlington School District reported the highest percentage of high school dropouts in Iowa last year when the statewide dropout rate jumped by 23 percent, according to a report released Thursday.

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Concerned

Tipton, IA

#1 Mar 29, 2009
Just goes to show all the money in the world won't make children any smarter than they would have been. Of course the destruction of the American family plays a large part in this disgraceful first place ranking.
For close to $11,000 per student per year this is what we get here in Burlington while private schools cost less than $5000 per student per year.
What is wrong with government schools? Could it be government itself?
This trend is also reflected in our local one party government here in Burlington and Des Moines County. It's not just the schools.
The other Realist

Davenport, IA

#2 Mar 30, 2009
Concerned wrote:
Just goes to show all the money in the world won't make children any smarter than they would have been. Of course the destruction of the American family plays a large part in this disgraceful first place ranking.
For close to $11,000 per student per year this is what we get here in Burlington while private schools cost less than $5000 per student per year.
What is wrong with government schools? Could it be government itself?
This trend is also reflected in our local one party government here in Burlington and Des Moines County. It's not just the schools.
You may be the stupidist person alive. Do you really think a kid gets a better education at Notre Dame? The teachers there make like $16,000 per year and they have 3 subjects throughout their day. You need to look at the demographics of Burlington-they are not good. I hope you are never in charge of educating anybody. You are an idiot.
William Taylor

Victoria, MN

#3 Mar 1, 2010
Concerned is a bit off on his numbers, the average budget for Burlington students comes to just over $7000/student, lower than the state average of $8500/student. Burlington also has one of the highest poverty rates of any student body in Iowa. Economic circumstances is THE most telling indicator of student performance, both academic and personally (teen pregnancy rate, for example), and plays a much larger role than racial make-up, teacher-student ratios, or money spent on a student.
If they want to improve the schools, they need to improve the area with new jobs and attract new local investment.
Roberta

Racine, WI

#4 Mar 26, 2010
Finally Burlington passes up Keokuk for the most stupid award. Many times teachers like to quote the state figure and not tell you they recieve matching funds from the federal government. So in this case they probably get about $15,000.00 per student. This just goes to show you that today it is not about education but about the dollars and the political influence it can get you. If you dont believe me just look at all the teachers involved in politics at the city and county and state and fed level. Some states have outlawed this, not Iowa.

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