THE CRISIS COMPELS LEGISLATIVE ACTION About one third of all at-risk students and 54 percent of Blacks and Hispanics are not graduating with peers. That presents a national crisis in the work force, correctional institutions, foster care programs, schools, and communities. Public school classrooms are challenged by millions of students who are too wounded to perform at optimum level in traditional learning environments. Public schools, however, are not stepping up to the plate with programs that attract and retain wounded students. State legislatures simply must enable communities to side-step status quo public schools through “Triage Schools”, or continue to dump wounded students on communities that are not prepared to address the influx of unemployable youth.
THE HOME SCHOOL OPTION IS A WARNING THAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE NOT SERVING STUDENTS
Recently, a prominent Texas Legislator was quoted regarding concerns about home school students. As superintendent of four charter schools, I am familiar with the process through which some students “use” the home school opportunity to avoid attending public school. I am also familiar with the wonderful achievements attained by most home school families. As in any arena of opportunity, some abuses occur. Obviously, many educators and legislators are conscientious and dedicated public servants. They are, however, perhaps missing a key ingredient to the solution for too many drop outs (to home schools). (more…)