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  •  They can't push you out of your local public (0+ / 0-)

    school unless there are severe disciplinary issues (suspension/expulsion). There is still an obligation to educate those kids, who are usually sent to some form of continuation high school or other alternate program. In some cases, they may be accepted to another comprehensive high school, depending upon the circumstances.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue May 21, 2013 at 02:01:52 PM PDT

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    •  Baloney. (0+ / 0-)

      Kids can get pushed out in all sorts of ways. Make things miserable enough, they will leave.

      •  Well, that was a convincing argument... (1+ / 0-)
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          this doesn't happen? That kids don't get discouraged and shown the door? Come on.

          •  At a comprehensive public school? (0+ / 0-)

            In a word, "no".

            Most comprehensive public schools (that is, those without selective admission like charters and magnet schools) cannot afford to simply shove students out the door for several reasons. First, they must prevent drop-outs at all costs, since they will be blamed for them regardless of what they do and this is one of the criteria that can get a school closed down or penalized for "low performance". Second, they can't simply make the school environment that unfriendly or they will destroy their entire educational mission for all their students. Third, even difficult students keep the doors open, since if their enrollment falls too much they'll be closed as "underutilized" schools, even when that problem is created by charters poaching their students for most of the year and then sending them back when the numbers won't help their overall enrollment statistics. Finally, there's the point that, unlike many charters (especially the for-profit ones) the entire structure of these schools is filled with people who got into education to actually try to help everyone, not just the privileged or "smart" students. Throwing out students is anathema to that ideal.

            Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

            by Stwriley on Thu May 23, 2013 at 04:24:20 PM PDT

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