SOP vs GED
Posted in the Centerville Forum
#1 Nov 15, 2011
"The mission of the School of Possibilities is to provide students a positive and appropriate learning environment that leads to success on the Ohio Graduation Test and ultimately a high school diploma. The focus is to assist each student in the areas of academic skill development, positive classroom attendance, attitudinal development, and personal responsibility. By creating alternative learning experiences such as a shortened school day, work cooperative opportunities, technology-enhanced academic learning, and student-centered counseling, the student will develop a renewed interest in learning and personal goals."
The SOP does this at the cost of; I am guessing; $9500 plus per student per year, equivalent to the normal high school student. The Ohio GED/ABLE program prepares the student to pass the Ohio GED at a cost of $507 per student. I am still at a loss to understand why tax payers should be supporting two programs when the GED program can accomplish exactly what the SOP does and at a fraction of the cost.
#2 Nov 16, 2011
Hmmmm according to this mornings paper the expenditure is $11,086 per student. Guess the $9500.00 number was one of the last published by the previous Treasurer. I have not seen a count of the enrollees at the SOP so it is hard to determine the actual cost of that operation. Nor have I seen any success stories or statistic showing the number of graduates and the years enrolled.
#3 Oct 5, 2014
And now we have the new 2014 GED test which is all computerized and very challenging. We have tax supported classes that meet four times a week to help prepare people to take the tests. Our classes consist mainly of adults that need the GED training to obtain a job or a promotion. They fully understand the value of an education and can impress that upon and younger students entering the program. I still think it is the perfect alternative education program; saving the tax payers additional money and immersing the alternative students in a program populated with people that truly understand the necessity of an education. We have the ex dropouts, the ex incarcerated, the ex druggies; people who have learned the lessons of life and now really appreciate the value of education. Seems to me that is a far better environment than the alternative school classroom.
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