No Take Over of At-Risk Richland 1 Schools

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The State Board of Education has decided they will not take over any at risk Richland District One schools. Full Story
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Newberry, SC

#1 Apr 11, 2007
By moving the principal, what is that suppose to do?
Tom Brown

United States

#3 Apr 11, 2007
Let the failure continue, just how much worse can the schools get
SANDY

Orangeburg, SC

#4 Apr 11, 2007
We need the state to step in because eduation is very important to the future of our children. No doubt, they should get the best education possible!
unknown

West Columbia, SC

#5 Apr 11, 2007
You cannot change the fact that the schools cannot raise the students. Many of these students go home unsupervised because the parents have to work sometimes 2 and 3 jobs. If this is the case in most schools, how can a child come to school and perform well? The state should look into impacting the communities first!
MMW

Columbia, SC

#6 Apr 11, 2007
More money wasted. This is typical of the Democrats in power. Instead of cleaning up the problem, they just want to throw more money at it. What a waste! All this talk about parents working 2 o 3 jobs in nonsense. Most of them hardly work one job. They don't want to take control of their children.
SGG

United States

#7 Apr 11, 2007
I agree with MMW-come on parents start parenting and quit complaining. Grow up. More money and fancy named programs will not help until the parents get involved.
paradise

West Columbia, SC

#8 Apr 11, 2007
As long as the Creator is kept out of the schools there will always be problems. The problem is not with the Democrats or the Republicans, it is with the system. Until there is a understanding as to what is expected from the children, (behavior, neatness, better manners, respect, etc.) the same results will follow.
Jim

Lexington, SC

#9 Apr 11, 2007
Stop blaming the schools and every one else, parents need to help the students, the schools can only do so much. I have always worked two jobs and that is my choice but I also keep up with my children, school, grades , homework, friends and where they are at all times,sometimes they get upset with me but I don"t want to here about them getting shot at 1am in a parking lot, Parents have to take control of of their children and not the SCHOOLS.
sandlappah

Nashville, TN

#10 Apr 11, 2007
Wow!!! Is this way we want our kids to live?
Lonewolf

Batesburg, SC

#11 Apr 11, 2007
The schools and local community come up with a plan,what?the State Board of Education is all out of ideas?Then disband it if it's no longer able to produce results in improving education.
Science Teacher

United States

#12 Apr 11, 2007
MMW wrote:
More money wasted. This is typical of the Democrats in power. Instead of cleaning up the problem, they just want to throw more money at it. What a waste! All this talk about parents working 2 o 3 jobs in nonsense. Most of them hardly work one job. They don't want to take control of their children.
That talk of parents working two or three jobs is real in the black community....people actually work hard. I'm sure this may come as a surprise since it is beneath your sterotypical view of African-Americans. These kids deserve a chance. As an educator, and a guardian of a student who attends one of these schools, I know this first hand. My brother transferred in and had to go to one of these schools b/c of course offerings and he out shines these kids taking academic honor on top of academic honor and he's a smart kid but at his old school he was just another smart kid not THE SMART KID!You know why....b/c these kids are tracked for failure! The district i work in has some many more resources..if these were 'white schools AKA at least 40-50%' they'd be running in to clean it up b/f it made the news...sad to see that nothing has changed since board vs. the board of educatipon.
Science Teacher

United States

#13 Apr 11, 2007
Tom Brown wrote:
Let the failure continue, just how much worse can the schools get
Send your kids there and then ask that question....maybe you could then answer it yourself
Science Teacher

United States

#14 Apr 11, 2007
Lonewolf wrote:
The schools and local community come up with a plan,what?the State Board of Education is all out of ideas?Then disband it if it's no longer able to produce results in improving education.
They don't care
OH PLEASE

Lexington, SC

#15 Apr 11, 2007
That's to bad that they are not willing to help, the kids are the ones that will suffer in the long run!
Believe

United States

#17 Apr 11, 2007
"There is a brilliant child locked inside every student.--Marva Collins
Diane

Little River, SC

#18 Apr 11, 2007
The school is failing because apparently the board is failing. How can the school be changed without any change? Keep doing the same thing leads to the same results. It is proven that with good leadership comes good results. Keep the principal, keep the teachers and remove the superintendent and the board. If they think the school principals who have failed for 4 years can suddenly succeed, they are not smart enough to be part of the solution. By not making any changes this is a prime example about how little the district cares about the Black schools. This would not have happened at Dreher or AC Flora.
angienbrit

Sumter, SC

#20 Apr 12, 2007
question wrote:
By moving the principal, what is that suppose to do?
They do need to take over the at risk Richland District One Schools at risk, this tells us someone in the system (school) has not done their job. The board is only sugar coating the situation.
Johnny Dollar

Columbia, SC

#21 Apr 12, 2007
I get tired of people blaming race and economics on a student's poor grades. It is not totally the Parents fault either. The reason a student does not do well is pretty basic. They will not take the time to crack a book and study! Getn off your Cell phone. Turn off the Television and do your homework. You will be amazed at how much your grades improve.
THE

AOL

#22 Apr 12, 2007
Yeah, why not put a band-aid on that broken arm? Waiting on parental involvement or community involvement will be like waiting on hell to freeze over. If it wasn't already happening what makes them think it will start now. Educate these children while you still can.
Teacher

AOL

#23 Apr 12, 2007
As a former teacher at Eau Claire I know first hand the challenges at that school. I also have friends and family members that still work at Alcorn and Gibbes. I also worked the after school program at Gibbes. These were trying years for me. I would see the teachers teaching and their dedication but it didn't matter because it was such a struggle to get the students to do such simple things such as bring a pencil or book. There was a lack of parental involvement and those that would come to the school wanted to argue and fight. Everybody wanted something for nothing. The students, the parents, and the administration. I know it is easy to blame the schools and the teachers but I know first hand from working with these schools that it is HARD trying to educate these kids. We have to teach them everything...not just academics. These schools have bad reputations but I know that teaching is taking place every day regardless of what the test scores say.

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