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  •  Don't move then (1+ / 0-)
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    Have you looked into the school in your neighborhood? It is my assertion that the school itself is pretty interchangeable, its the family that matters. In NY, private school teachers have fewer qualifications and lower pay, but the parents are paying all that money, so they make damn sure their kids get good grades. I say that a student with solid parental support can succeed at just about ay school.

    There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

    by slothlax on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 03:19:39 PM PDT

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    •  The schools are terrible... (1+ / 0-)
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      Academically I agree with you but the behavior issues at those schools are deal breakers.  Lots of lower income kids here are unfortunately raised on tv and fast food with one parent who is often times overwhelmed and underprepared.  I have a neighbor that sent his youngest to kindergarten for a grand total of three months. Class had several kids that were held back due to developmental issues, back to school night was a nightmare with only a few other parents there.  One parent threatened a teacher in front of other parents and kids and that was the straw.  I am idealistic but I am not going to put my 5 year old in that environment.  There is a great magnet school but it's a lotto system so if you miss that you are SOL.

      •  I hear you (0+ / 0-)

        There are certainly schools in my city that I wouldn't send my (hypothetical) kids to, pretty much for the reasons you point out.

        All I know is that I went to city schools and lived in cities my while life, minorities and all. Never been in a fight, got jumped once on the way to school over the course of twelve years, and went to Tufts. People in my county who tell me they won't live in the city because of the schools I pretty much dismiss out of hand as succumbing to fear rather than rational decision making.

        There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

        by slothlax on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 03:57:17 PM PDT

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