There needs to be safeguards to prevent cherry picking better (which really translates into richer) students, but it's hard to argue that the source of the funding (the state) should have no right to judge how well that money is being used.
At least 33 states now use performance-based funding, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, meaning they divvy up appropriations in part by looking at outcomes that might include graduation rates, debt loads or graduates in high-demand fields like engineering. Funds tied to such outcomes range from a few percent in Washington state to nearly the entire pool in Tennessee.
Historically, states have doled out funds based on enrollment figures, or reissued dollars just by looking at the prior year’s allotment—which some call the inertia model. Now, the focus is on getting students to graduate and land jobs, not just getting them into school.
I added the bolding but that, IMHSO is salient feature. Stop handing teaches a script to follow, let them teach. If Betsy DeVos would come out and advocate that for all schools, I’d be a supporter. All schools includes public, charter or private.
Jones’s first priority when he arrived at Kenwood was academics. The school buys almost no outside curriculum guides, instead letting teachers write their own. Using methods developed by the University of Chicago, the school also tries to help students almost as soon as they fall off the track to graduation. Last year, 94 percent of freshmen ended the year on track, up from 70 percent in 2011.
This is the reason Senator Tim Kaine’s question during her confirmation was more important (though less controversial) than Senator Al Franken’s. I can support school choice— so long as all options have to play be the same rules. I’d include homeschooling families in that as well— IF they take federal money. If you’re using my tax dollars to fund your operation, than you should be subject to the same rules and regulations as public schools.
The downside of this, as became clear in public-school systems across the country, is charter schools and voucher programs entice parents with the promise of more "options," while weeding out the children that neither charters nor private schools have the capacity to educate. Many parents have opted for "choice," only to be turned away. This is particularly acute with regard to kids with behavioral issues like attention-deficit disorder. "The words are 'Your child may be better served elsewhere,' " says one Michigan legislator.
As a result, public schools become dumping grounds for the most challenging cases. "Public schools have to educate them," says Charles Hekman, a teacher in the Grand Rapids school system. "So we're left with schools that have just so many needy children." He tells me of entire classrooms full of kids struggling with various issues, one of the most significant being poverty, which is where "partnering" with churches comes in. "One church bought every child at my school a winter coat, a hat and gloves," he says. "Now, I am an atheist. I don't think the churches belong in the schools." At the same time, he admits, "We can't educate kids that are starving or don't have clothes."
In its zeal to overturn all things Obama, the Republican Congress nixed the rules to implement last year’s update to the No Child Left Behind Law, known as Every Student Succeeds Act.
Here in Grand Rapids, DeVos focused much of her attention on the Potter’s House, an ethnically diverse K-12 Christian school, where DeVos and her husband have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless volunteer hours. About five miles southwest of downtown Grand Rapids in a suburb that has seen an increase in Latino residents in the last couple of decades, the high-school building is nestled between a quiet neighborhood of modest houses on one side and a busy avenue dotted with gas stations and appliance shops on the other. The high school’s 200 or so teenagers all have access to Chromebooks and classrooms full of new swiveling chairs and standing desks and good teachers, thanks in part to DeVos.
This change is said to be due to security concerns.
The vote was narrow, 50 to 49. To be clear, Congress is not scrapping or even changing the law itself. When it comes to school accountability, ESSA still requires that states flag schools where groups of students are "consistently underperforming." And it requires that the measurement of school performance include not just test scores and graduation rates but also some other indicator of school quality, including absenteeism or access to AP courses.
More likely it is incompetence. The site will be down for the duration of the prime time for students to apply for aid. Here are the rules that Congress nixed.
First, the website that provides help to families of students with disabilities went down last month with little explanation. Now, it's the IRS' Data Retrieval Tool. If those words, "Data Retrieval Tool," put you to sleep, it means you're not a high school senior rushing to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.