Option to swap schools offered

Students can transfer within district before classes begin

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Students at 11 struggling Richmond County schools will be given the option to transfer to better-performing schools no matter where they live in the district before classes begin Aug. 8.

Under the No Child Left Behind Act, parents are not required to keep their children enrolled in under-performing schools just because they are zoned to that area, thanks to a regulation called School Choice.

In total, 10,333 Richmond County students will be given the chance to transfer to another school this year, although traditionally only a small percentage of students actually take advantage of the option to move.

In the 2010-11 school year, just 337 out of the 11,130 eligible students chose to change schools. In the 2009-10 year, 378 out of 12,128 possible students switched campuses.

This year, parents can submit an application to have their children transferred if they attend: the Academy of Richmond County, Butler, Cross Creek, Glenn Hills, Hephzibah or Westside high schools; Langford or Murphey middle schools; or Hornsby, Barton Chapel or Jenkins White elementary schools.

Students who choose to transfer are provided free transportation even if their residences are not zoned for their new school.

Administrators are currently sending letters to the homes of eligible students, and parents must submit their applications no later than Aug. 8.

Students are normally given two schools to choose between when transferring out of a Needs Improvement school, but the only option for high schoolers to transfer to this year is Lucy C. Laney High School.

Although Laney has not met Adequate Yearly Progress standards in seven years, it has received almost $2 million since 2010 in a federal School Improvement Grant, which made the school replace half its teachers, invest in technology and enact better instruction strategies.

That grant also reclassified Laney's Needs Improvement status to "adequate" in 2010, even though it did not make AYP again in 2011.

If students from low-income families remain in their Needs Improvement school, they are eligible to receive free tutoring.

Last year, out of 7,425 students who could have received tutoring, 1,926 applied to participate and received services.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/23/11 - 12:40 am
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Educrats are facile with our

Educrats are facile with our language, aren't they? Newspeak? No. Eduspeak? Eduspeak- Where words speak louder than results. Whata are educrats, you think? Educrats - educational officials and their hangers-on who believe that, after all has been said and done, more should have been said (spent and paid) and less should have been done.

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Asitisinaug 07/23/11 - 01:01 pm
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This sounded good at first,

This sounded good at first, until of course you read the entire article and see the chioces that students who really want to learn have from our very poor performing public educational system.

How about offering REAL SCHOOL CHOICE. Students who wish to transfer to schools such as Curtis Baptist, Augusta Christian, etc. should be allowed to do so and the school system can simply cut a check on the student's behalf. Since these well performing private schools cost less than half of these poor performing public schools, everyone will win. Students who really want to learn can do so and the school system will save money for every pupil who chooses to leave. This will allow the RCBOE to have more money to waste ( I mean make better) the current public schools.

When you tell a student in HS if he/she is in a terrible school that the have to option to leave and transfer to Laney High School which has failed AYP the past 7 years depsite the millions pumped into it, exactly what option are you really giving them.

This should be about the education of our youth, period. I could care less if it is public shool, private school or home school. We MUST ensure that we properly educate our youth and the public school system has proven time and time again that giving them more money is NOT the answer.

There are many reasons we have these problems ranging from uncaring teachers, burnt out teachers, administrators that enable students through lack of discipline, a school board and administration that will not back those who try to make tough decisions, the government that requires schools to keep everyone, even those who don't wish to be there and do not participate in a positive way and of course the partents that fail to do anything to help teach their children prior to sending them to school and don't have a clue what disciplining their children means.

Private schools certainly have an advantage but shouldn't students who really want to learn and will give 100% be afforded a better opportunity to do so. To allow a transfer from one failing school to another is no option for a young person that really wants to excel.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/23/11 - 03:56 am
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Asitisinaug for Richmond

Asitisinaug for Richmond County School Board!

Techfan
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Techfan 07/23/11 - 04:47 am
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The plan is to allow students

The plan is to allow students to transfer to a better performing school. I'm guessing these would be the better performing students, thus leaving the poorer performing schools with even less of the higher performing students. It seems loke a plan to drive struggling schools even further down.

troylus
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troylus 07/23/11 - 08:14 am
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More money is not the

More money is not the solution, but neither is assuming that every student is a failing student because a school is labeled as failing. The misconception here is that these schools failed every student, when the reality is that plenty of students did just fine (or despite of the school, if that is your bias).

The students who would need to transfer are those few students who did not succeed under NCLB.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/23/11 - 08:39 am
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Students in those schools

Students in those schools should be allowed to transfer to private or Columbia County schools with the school system paying the schools that take them. Carry this theme to completion and you could do away with the Richmond Cty school system and save hundreds of millions and provide better education for the kids.

Reverie
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Reverie 07/23/11 - 08:42 am
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So the choice students move

So the choice students move to a school out of their zone and neighborhood, the taxpayers incur more transportation costs to run special buses, the kids are stigmatized as "choice" kids, and some percentage of them will bring or have trouble at the new school due to rival gangs. Wasn't this a problem before?

You all don't get it, under NCLB, one student in the disaggregated data will cause the school to fail. When it fails, the government gets to come in and call all the shots and pump tax payer money into improvement tricks that according to the latest results don't work. Quit reading and listening to what the reformers say, "research says," and pay attention to reality.

Educators are proving to be the dumbest segment of our society. Do a root cause analysis on that!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/23/11 - 09:05 am
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This is kinda funny in a

This is kinda funny in a way....well maybe not funny to the kids & parents but what it sez is... we will send you to another failing school in the same county--WOW--how great is that---- of course if you put enough kids in other schools in "other" counties wouldn't that bring down the level of those schools BECAUSE they would have to" catch"up & compete with better educated kids....!!!!!! well-well---- what a merry-go-round we are on--sometimes the "givermint"just can't fix the problem .....soooo......this will be interesting to watch unfold.......maybe if we send them to "another state" it would work------nope-----you say Alabama & South Carolina can't solve this problem either----wow!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/23/11 - 09:08 am
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Maybe we can do what riverman

Maybe we can do what riverman says.....stay at home & have online courses----once a week kids would meet w/teachers for tests---wow---look at the $$$ we could save....:)

Reverie
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Reverie 07/23/11 - 09:41 am
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Sounds like as good of a plan

Sounds like as good of a plan as any "expert" reformer. This solves the standardized and scripted part, it can be designed to differentiate and remediate, plus you give the educational system what is wants most--test data! We don't even need teachers, just a lot of test proctors...hmm...maybe a business opportunity?

billyjones1949
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billyjones1949 07/23/11 - 10:21 am
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Techfan, why wouldn't a

Techfan, why wouldn't a better performing student want to go a better performing school. A smart student may get bored if the studies are lowered. When I went to Richmond Acadmy they had accelerated classes for these types of students. What is wrong with that? Hurt my feelings some what that I was not included in that group but not for long. Bring back those classes and save on the transportation costs.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/23/11 - 10:33 am
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Another option.... Instead of

Another option....
Instead of swapping kids...why not swap entire adminstrations---principal-teachers-cleaning grew etc.----every year rotate----now that would tell us something---wouldn't it??

Marriednlovinit
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Marriednlovinit 07/23/11 - 10:37 am
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Public schools educate

Public schools educate everyone whether the students want to be there or not. There are programs in various areas that allow vouchers which give public school money to private schools. The private school has the option of asking the student to leave anytime they are not performing academically or behaviorally; public schools do not. One suggestion might be to actually support the teachers and staff at the schools. Instead of just throwing money at them actually look at why they may not be performing. 30 students in a classroom, lack of support of discipline, and parents who frankly should have never been parents.

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Riverman1 07/23/11 - 10:51 am
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SeenIt, know what would

SeenIt, know what would happen under your idea? Nothing. The scores, etc. would remain the same no matter the teachers, principals or administrators. It's a socio-economic thing as they say.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/23/11 - 11:02 am
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The major implement to help

The major implement to help Richmond Cty schools is now being tried to a degree. It's something I've talked about for a long time. Maybe someone's listening. Mentors.

We all recognize the reason for the poor performance is the socioeconomics of the county children and families. You can't change the parents' conditions, but you can start early providing mentors and you can change the kids' attitudes.

A coach is the best example of a mentor for teens. They follow his leadership and emulate his behavior. The black coach at Butler turned around the worst football program in the CSRA in two years. I mean they were hopeless with articles saying they could barely get enough kids to show up for games.

The former coach was quoted in the Chroncle as saying he couldn't penalize players for missing practice because he wouldn't have enough players. The new coach completely turned around the discipline and had Butler on the verge of an undefeated season. Give me mentors and role models like that man. He had 40 kids wanting to be like him...disciplined and hard working.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/23/11 - 11:08 am
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The theme of Atlas Shrugged,

The theme of Atlas Shrugged, as Rand described it, is "the role of man's mind in existence". The book explores a number of philosophical themes that Rand would subsequently develop into the philosophy of Objectivism.[4][5] It advocates the core tenets of Rand's philosophy of Objectivism and expresses her concept of human achievement. In doing so it expresses many facets of Rand's philosophy, such as the advocacy of reason, individualism, the market economy, and the failure of government coercion.

Atlas is shrugging.....riverman......at the school system too!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/23/11 - 11:10 am
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Do we have enough mentors to

Do we have enough mentors to make a difference---Atlas Shrugged....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/23/11 - 11:15 am
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Keep this in mind....If an

Keep this in mind....If an individual has the "desire"to prosper he/she will....
poverty-hunger-class-schools-enviornment won't stop them...examples
Dolly Parton
Oprah Winfrey
Many greats in public life----doesn't matter how"po" you are.

follower
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follower 07/23/11 - 11:40 am
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Asitis, trust me, having

Asitis, trust me, having served on the finance committee at Augusta Christian, tuition is not $3-4 thousand dollars. It's in line with what it cost for public schools in this area, if the $7K number is correct.

The success of most private schools can be attributed to parents that place a priority on education and great teachers [much underpaid comparatively].

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/23/11 - 11:45 am
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SeenItB4, yep, I'm an Ayn

SeenItB4, yep, I'm an Ayn Rand fan, too. It's so obvious when you look at the results of socialist governments failing all over the world. If we don't get out of the socialist mindset fast, we're next.

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raul 07/23/11 - 11:51 am
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I went to Langford and ARC in

I went to Langford and ARC in the 60s. They were good schools then. What happened that made them less than satisfactory?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/23/11 - 11:54 am
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http://www.themillionairesecr

http://www.themillionairesecrets.net/7-main-differences-between-rich-and...

Schools are important but these rules of life are FAR MORE IMPORTANT....if you are in school right now.....please read

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/23/11 - 11:57 am
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raul...That is the same

raul...That is the same question I've been asking about the good neighborhoods in the 60s......people are people , right??
Who failed & can we put humpty dumpty back together?

countyman
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countyman 07/23/11 - 12:06 pm
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I know Riverman loves

I know Riverman loves Columbia County very much.. Why would you send kids to Columbia County where several schools haven't made AYP in the last few years either?? And schools similar to Davidson, AR Johnson, CT Walker, Freedom Park, etc crushed CC schools on the CRCT...

Raul.. Schools similar to Westside and ARC have to keep improving every year according to AYP.. It's much easier for a failing school to do better compared to good schools improving every year.. Nobody in their right mind thinks Laney is better than ARC or Westside..

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follower 07/23/11 - 12:01 pm
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River, Ayn Rand was a

River, Ayn Rand was a tremendous writer and I thought "Atlas Shrugged" was an amazing read. The only issue I had with her utopia in which the "producers" lived was that you COULDN'T even do a favor for someone without charging. On the surface, it seems fair. But in reality, would you want a society where even neighbors couldn't invite you over for hot dogs without charging for the meal? Her's was a great theory taken to the extreme, just as the "Great Society" is the opposite extreme.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/23/11 - 12:04 pm
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Oh ctyman.... so glad you

Oh ctyman.... so glad you came on board....maybe you can explain what happened to the good neighborhoods in south Augusta...thankyou in advance.

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allhans 07/23/11 - 12:07 pm
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I had a child in Langford in

I had a child in Langford in the 80's and what a mess (yep! he was a problem teenager).The principal was a nice guy to talk with but not much in the control department.
I gave up and sent the child to Aquinas. Much, much better.

Too much is just too much.

I am still trying to digest Laney as a "choice"...

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/23/11 - 12:15 pm
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(S)eenitB4, "All the king's

(S)eenitB4,

"All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again."

Who are we to try to solve such a complex problem? How presumptuous of us? Let's leave its solution to the $200K/annum interim SOS and the $500K/annum school board attorney-in-perpetuity.

Riverman1,

Dr. Wayne Frazier(frazierw@richmond.k12.ga.us) at Glenn Hills High School has begun such a program. How long it's been in operation and its size are facts I don't know. He'd be interested in your thoughts on mentoring. If you can't reach him, e-mail me at craigspinks@aol.com. I can insure that he'd become aware of your desire to contact him.

countyman
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countyman 07/23/11 - 12:16 pm
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Go visit Diamond

Go visit Diamond Lakes/Manchester, Lakes at Spirit Creek, Long Point Towhomes, Walton Farms, Walton Acres, Goshen, The Orchard, eetc.. They're building the 30 acre Sadie Landing on Peach Orchard rd... The 3 acre Aubern at Sandrige is going next to the Sand Ridge subdivision on Tobacco rd.. The 20 acre Spring Creek Village is being built off Willis Foreman rd..

countyman
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countyman 07/23/11 - 12:20 pm
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SeenitB4.. I responded to

SeenitB4.. I responded to your comment and I think you should try riding around Lakes at Spirit Creek for example.. The neighborhood is located off Willis Foreman near Peach Orchard rd.. The homes in the subdivision start in the $190k-$200k..

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