Saturday, May 17, 2008

Leveling the Playing Field

The school district where I live has over a dozen high schools. They represent quite a range in quality. For example, my house was really cheap because I'm zoned for the high school with a 60% graduation rate (but I'm told it has a really good football team). Not far from here is another school with a 67% graduation rate (it's a magnet school).

According to NCLB, these are failing schools due to their low graduation rates. They're being reorganized, and all the teachers had to re-apply for their jobs. Somewhere between a quarter and a third of the teachers were not rehired. The tenured teachers who weren't rehired will be given jobs at other high schools in the district.

This fall the district is opening up a shiny, brand new $50 million high school in the rich part of town.