Monday, September 18, 2006

Help! My Child Is Being Held Prisoner in a Failing School

Local school districts must be cavorting with glee--they (or Berkeley County, that is) have discovered a loophole in the No Child Left Behind law that will allow them to keep children prisoners in failing schools for at least a year. See today's Newsless Courier for details:

Isn't it great? As Chester Floyd, Berkeley County Superintendent is quoted as saying, "We thought that we were required to offer choice, and it had to be for all students at low-performing schools, no matter whether the students had attended that school in the past or not." Now, according to an alternative interpretation discovered in a "national publication," students may be required to attend the failing school for a year BEFORE being allowed to transfer.

Now, that's what I call interpreting the law in the best interests of the students!

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