Judy Burton: Students need aid for college life
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#1 Jun 12, 2010
What makes Burton think she could replicate her alleged success at Alliance if all the kids at the neighborhood schools suddenly enrolled in Alliance-style charters? She doesn't say that, but that's the implication of her op-ed. Neither Joshua nor his parents are representative of most kids in our public schools. That is no doubt also true of the rest of her graduating class. It is significant that Burton doesn't tell us how many kids are graduating from Alliance this year. She seems to deliberately avoid that number while she proudly says 86% of them are going to four year colleges and that there are some 5000 students in her schools. Her "success" is the result of selective enrollment and restrictive regulations that in essence limit the enrollment at Alliance to Joshua types. Joshua could have done just as well enrolled in any number of traditional public high schools in Southern Californa. They take all the neighborhood kids, without the restrictions imposed by the charters, and their grads enter all the schools Burton names, and more.
One of the reasons the dropout rate is so high in the inner city - and not in the suburbs - is the silly insistence that to graduate all kids must be on a Cal State/UC entrance curriculum. When we finally wake up to the need for a non-college prep curriculum for many of our students we will finally make great inroads into the dropout rate.
#2 Jun 12, 2010
You just said everything I would have said.
#3 Jun 12, 2010
On the CDE website, as an example, Burotn's Huntington Park school started out with 190 ninth graders. By the 12th grade, that number was down to 108.
What happened to the 82 missing kids? I don't think Burton will want to talk about that.
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