Our View: Step up for city's dropouts

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Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:15 pm

Before it could succeed, Engage Santa Fe is a bust.

Atlantic Education Partners, a private, for-profit, Florida-based firm, withdrew its proposal to operate a dropout recovery program for the Santa Fe Public Schools earlier this week. Company officials said delays mean the program won’t be effective. After all, company officials needed enough time to go find the dropouts, set up the classrooms and get ready to teach. Atlantic Education officials did not want to promise results they could not deliver.

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  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:03 am on Thu, May 15, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 3202

    So the teacher's union triumphantly defends their little fiefdom, regardless of the consequences for the most at-risk students. Huzzah!

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 5:02 pm on Wed, May 14, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 656

    Yes, I do feel badly for the 75-100 dropouts. What's keeping them from re-enrolling into an existing public school? Or getting their GED? "They just want the opportunity." They do have the opportunity; the same ones that dropouts before them have always had: go back and finish. Pick up the pieces. Finish school. Get your diploma. Try getting it online. Do it yourself.

    Did Atlantic Education Partners manage to "woo" or even find 75-100 dropouts or endangered youths who wanted to participate? Rumor has it that the Santa Fe School Board didn't make it past that first hurdle, so forget the Triple Crown.

    Let's just say that this idea of semi-privatization of public education has been tried before with much bigger players than the Santa Fe school district. How about Mark Zuckerbergs $100 million gift to Newark, NJ for a similar education program.

    "Between 2010 and 2012, The New Yorker reports that more than $20 million of Zuckerberg's gift and matching donations went to consulting firms with various specialties: public relations, human resources, communications, data analysis, [and] teacher evaluation." Many of the consultants were being paid upwards of $1,000 a day."

    Remove the spaces out of the link below to read the article.

    money.msn.com / top-stocks / post -- was - zuckerbergs - dollar100m school-gift-a-waste

    It also has a link to the 12-page New Yorker article which shows just how ridiculous it is to bring in "outside consultants" to fix our own problems, families, neighborhoods, government and schools. They can't fix us.


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