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Re: “How to assess charter school success

We would love for our kids to attend the local school. We asked for and were denied services our accelerated child needed. He sat and behaved all day but learned almost nothing for three years. We enrolled in ARVA because the curriculum is good (it offers more hands on history, art, music, and science instruction) and our kid was not learning in the local school. ARVA was not prepared to address the needs of accelerated students, but it is developing and we are hoping that it will continue to grow its capacity in this area. They have been responsive to family requests. Other parents have told me that ARVA is very good addressing the needs of their disabled students. We are both working outside the home and educating our kids at home. Our income is around the poverty level. It has been a gargantuan struggle. The benefit has been that the time in school is spent learning, not just behaving.

Posted by education parent on 07/16/2012 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Charter schools fall short in special ed

I have spoken with a number of ARVA parents who enrolled specifically because they had kids with disabilities they felt were not adequately/appropriately addressed in brick and mortar. Any family that requests assessment at ARVA gets assessment in a timely manner.

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Posted by education parent on 07/16/2012 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Education: what works, what doesn't

I have been so impressed by the thoughtfulness of this discussion thread.

Posted by education parent on 07/16/2012 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Arkansas Tech research highlights teacher generosity

Our elementary school principal makes $57,000 with six total years experience. Our high school principal makes $66,000 with 13 total years experience. Our superintendent makes a whopping $94,000 with 24 total years experience (his masters was online). A teacher salary with commensurate education and years experience in our district would be $47,000. We offer a sports director stipend and we have a dean of students that does not write grants to develop or enhance our academic programs. Our total district population is around 850. Our online school sports page lists accomplishments and information from the last decade, but the school academics page is blank of accomplishments or information. Our classes are maxed out and we promote students whether or not they achieve objectives. We only get to take one field trip a year. Teachers work through lunch as monitors and after school in parent pick up lines. They spend a lot of money out of their pockets and a lot of time off the clock to keep their classes running as smoothly as they can but WE NEED VISIONARY LEADERSHIP TODAY!

Posted by education parent on 07/16/2012 at 5:49 PM

Re: “What now on school choice

School choice is a way for the underclass to vote on local school board policy with some of their dollars (only the state money follows the student- local money stays with the local district). Neither of my third grade son's best friends, who attend the local district, read well. One can barely read at all. When the mother asked, she was told he doesn't need testing or supplemental instruction. His older brother was in a reading program until the school failed to replace the teacher who left last fall. The school tells his family he no longer needs reading assistance. The Talented and Gifted Program, which some but not all schools provide, has been co-opted by the schools for accelerated learners leaving the talented and gifted kids with no program. The accelerated learners are underserved by this program. Arkansas schools do not support mixing grades and, locally, we can't get the bullying problem under control anyway to protect the younger students who might migrate to older classrooms for some classes.

Posted by education parent on 07/16/2012 at 2:17 PM
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