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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 9:38 am, Sun May 11, 2014.

Santa Fe High School senior Karla Gonzales’ dream is to take the graduation walk with the rest of her class May 22. But she’s afraid she may not graduate until the end of the summer.

That’s because she is one of about 50 seniors at the school struggling to complete their Edgenuity — aka E-2020 — online credit makeup courses within the last week.

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24 comments:

  • Destiny Baca posted at 11:55 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    destiny baca Posts: 48

    Shaw, that is so not true. Get your facts straight. Teachers MUST be qualified to teach the subject they are hired for. Quit lying.

     
  • Destiny Baca posted at 11:51 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    destiny baca Posts: 48

    Didn't mean that for you Oscar but for the parent that waited three years. Yeah, I waited three hours but got it done.

     
  • Destiny Baca posted at 11:48 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    destiny baca Posts: 48

    Not true at all...

     
  • Destiny Baca posted at 11:46 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    destiny baca Posts: 48

    As a parent I was notified early and often. Due to the teachers diligence, my child will now pass all classes. Not to mention, I can check power school at any time! There aren't excuses anymore. I even had a teacher, Mr. Kilburn, call me every day to ensure my child was in after school study and Saturday school. Teachers are going over and beyond and I for one, thank them all!

     
  • oscar michael posted at 9:53 am on Sat, May 10, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    Thank you for trying to educate the ones who want to learn. I know how much time and self good teachers put in for nothing but grief in return. I for one know that teachers are not the problem with education in new mexico. I may not always agree with your union, or your administration but I have full faith in the people who actually are in the trenches and see the problems first hand. Thanks Again.

     
  • Tim Beckmon posted at 8:49 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    TBeckmon Posts: 1

    "A number of students and parents complain that the Edgenuity program is too difficult, that the district did not warn them they were in danger of failing.."

    During the parent conference day in the Fall, I had one parent visit. During the Spring parent conference day I had none. The Edgenuity program has a parent portal where parents can check daily progress. Teachers' email addresses and phone numbers are published on the district website. There is no excuse for parents being uninformed.

     
  • oscar michael posted at 6:09 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    I will say that this story and a few of the respondents below are a perfect representation of the sad state of education in New Mexico. In the story the reporter states that 23 of the 50 kids in the program are "habitually truant". Yet they moan and groan that the class is too hard or the teacher doesn't teach. How would you know if you don't show? The woman below says she never knew her hita was in trouble until a few weeks ago. Yet her kid is more than a year behind in credits and now her girl must drop out and get a GED. Whos fault is that? Take some personal responsibility for your kids and give them an example to follow! They do not care because YOU do not care! Another Woman states her child has been in trouble for three years but it was because of scheduling and administrative errors. Stop blaming the school, the teacher, the superintendent, the basketball coach, the janitor and everyone else for the failures of you as a parent and your child as a student. It is your responsibility to monitor your kids progress. If that means missing work and sitting in your kids class for a time then so be it. It is no coincidence that the parents who actually show up and speak to the teachers are the ones with kids with no issues. Funny how we never meet the failing students parent until they come to complain.

     
  • oscar michael posted at 4:20 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    oh cmon! 10 credits is almost two years behind! no way you were clueless until six weeks ago. Sounds like someone missed every parent teacher conference...

     
  • oscar michael posted at 1:33 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    One is too many? only 62% of kids graduate from SFPS in 4 years, below a state average 70%. one third of the kids do not finish! Teachers are not the problem. Students not showing up, and parents who don't care until its too late are the bigger culprit. How can there be a three way team if the student and parent are both AWOL?

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 1:16 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    Here's what the story in the New Mexican (you're apparently on their staff) had to say about it: "Edgenuity’s online courses allow students to make up for credits in classes they failed." I can only assume that the New Mexican has some reason to make that assertion and isn't just making that up. Extrapolating from the New Mexican's assertion, the obvious inference is that if your daughter took three E-2020 classes, she must have failed three conventional classes. If that's wrong, blame it on the New Mexican, not me.

    Just to be clear, I certainly believe that SFPS is capable of both making mistakes and not taking responsibility for those mistakes in a way that negatively impacts a student's ability to succeed. But that just doesn't seem to be the situation that the New Mexican (your employer) is describing in this story.

    I do hope that your child successfully graduates and goes on to great things, despite these challenges and set-backs.

     
  • Todd_Shaw posted at 1:12 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Todd_Shaw Posts: 21

    Dozens??? Try over 130 students failing this year that started out together from their freshmen year to the senior class of this year! One is too many!!! Over 130??? Really??? The Santa Fe Public Schools are a mess. The district is filling teacher positions with bodies that are not certified to teach the subject content. That is the reason why teachers in the classes of failing students are not able to teach, explain, or help students learn and succeed. With the new Common Core Standards the curriculum and expectations for students is extremely challenging which isn't a bad thing, but the teachers better darn well be able to understand the standards and be able to teach students to mastery. I'm tired of teachers, parents, and people that think they know it all, blaming the students for failing. There has to be a three-way team between the student, parent, and teacher, in order for students to be successful. You can't find a counselor that is able to prepare any student for college either. Another high dropout rate for Santa Fe Public Schools! Take a bow Mr. Boyd!!!

     
  • oscar michael posted at 12:42 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    um... you responded to us, if you didn't want to be questioned, you could have kept your fingers idle. And Pierce is no bully! How dare you make general comments that don't make any sense. [smile] Thank you for not responding to our nonsense more than 6 times.

     
  • Michelle Chavez posted at 12:28 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Michelle Chavez Posts: 8 Staff

    True Steve. If people took more time to get the facts they woulnd't come off sounding "uninformed" and making assumptions.

     
  • Michelle Chavez posted at 12:27 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Michelle Chavez Posts: 8 Staff

    I won't even respond to your nonsense....get a life and quit bullying GOOD PARENTS who are caught up in a system that doesn't work. I don't owe you or anyone else an explanation, I am saying be sure you know the entire story, for every student before you make general comments that don't make any sense. If you KNEW what you think you do, you would know that the Superintendents office is knee deep in my situation and working diligently to resolve it. My child will graduate.....despite their screw ups. Angry at others? More like frustrated with an adminstration who runs circles around themselves.

     
  • oscar michael posted at 12:26 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    Actually, every year at this time the high schools are visited by disgruntled parents wondering why their kid wont be walking on the graduation stage. Are you any different from those other parents who are surprised because they didn't get the full story from their kid about the classes they failed? The answer is yes, I do think you and others would wait until the end of the year to confront the problem because I see it every single year! Maybe you didn't know how behind your kid was, maybe you didn't receive the calls telling you your kid was absent yet again, maybe you thought that someone could be intimidated or persuaded to let your kid slide by. I do not know, but experience shows that this is the case a lot of the time. I hope your kid gets it done and walks with her class if she truly earned that privilege.

     
  • oscar michael posted at 12:07 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    3 scheduling errors, and numerous other mistakes? Trust me , I have seen my fair share of administrative snafus, but usually it is a lack of communication between the parent and student that causes problems to be unresolved over many years in the school system. If the schools administration could not fix a schedule? im sure that the superintendents staff could. Are you giving us the full story, or are you being as vague as this article?

     
  • Michelle Chavez posted at 11:54 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Michelle Chavez Posts: 8 Staff

    Do you honestly think I would go 3 years without going in? Give me a break! Nothing is more annoying that someone who can take a very complex situation and THINK THEY KNOW what is going on......do YOUR homework!

     
  • Michelle Chavez posted at 11:52 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Michelle Chavez Posts: 8 Staff

    Exactly my point, you could not be more wrong! To think you know it all based on a vague article is just dumb. She was put in to make up for their scheduling errors and numerous other adminstrative mistakes. You have no idea what I have been through, and I"m glad you think you have all the answers, because the truth is 50 emails, 25 vistis, and a ridiculous amount of phone calls later accomplished absolutely NOTHING! YOU clearly have no idea what you are talking about.

     
  • oscar michael posted at 11:45 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    If we are uninformed, please enlighten us! As it seems now, you are angry at others for you and your child's lack of personal responsibility.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 11:45 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 869

    An algebra lesson:

    Uninformed = ignorant.

    Once someone is informed, they are no longer ignorant.

     
  • oscar michael posted at 11:39 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    These are credit "make up courses" . Unless your child ended up in these classes because of prolonged illness or some other extenuating circumstance, it would seem that their choices put them in the situation they now face. From this story it seems clear that some of the kids now enrolled didn't then, and do not now care too much about their academic success. Three years of calling and no one picked up? maybe you should have marched into an office three years ago!

     
  • Michelle Chavez posted at 11:24 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Michelle Chavez Posts: 8 Staff

    REALLY? My child was put in THREE e2020 classes that she never had instruction on...never saw a teacher once to teach them. And how is that acceptable? You people that think you know everything and have all the answers, only make statements that are uninformed, and just plain ignorant.

     
  • Michelle Chavez posted at 11:23 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Michelle Chavez Posts: 8 Staff

    As a parent, that statement could not be more wrong. I have been working for THREE years trying to get the school to help my child! Maybe if they would PICK UP THE PHONE and help people, they wouldn't be in this boat. Today's teens are not the problem, it is more like a horribly structtured program that is not effective in the least!

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:27 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    "A number of students and parents complain that the Edgenuity program is too difficult..."

    If they'd just put in the minimum effort required to pass that class they instead failed in order to end up in E-2020, then they wouldn't be in this predicament. They're lucky to have this second chance, because it used to be that the only way to make up a failed class was to take the whole thing again.

     
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