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  •  Private schools can pick & choose their students. (0+ / 0-)

    If a public school was responsible for 200 students from families where education was a priority, and breakfast didn't have a question mark attached to it, it'd do every bit as well as a private school.

    Regards,
    Corporate Dog

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    by Corporate Dog on Tue May 25, 2010 at 10:40:19 AM PDT

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    •  I LIve In A Primarily Rural Area... (0+ / 0-)

      Town with 35,000, small college, and the public School District encompasses most of the County.  We have a very mixed student poplulation including all races and mostly lower middle class and poor families.

      Our students graduate at much higer rates than any large School District such as Washington D.C., Los Angeles, or Houston.

      Why can smaller School Districts do a better job with the same or less money?  Money doesn't appear to be the answer.

      •  You answered your own question. (0+ / 0-)

        Why can smaller School Districts do a better job with the same or less money?

        A smaller school district doesn't require as many teachers, and can probably get by paying them less, due to the difference between rural and urban economies.

        Regards,
        Corporate Dog

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        We didn't elect Obama to be an expedient president. We elected him to be a great one. -- Eugene Robinson

        by Corporate Dog on Tue May 25, 2010 at 11:16:26 AM PDT

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        •  Some Of The Small School Districts... (0+ / 0-)

          in this area pay less than larger cities and some pay more.  That doesn't seem to determine the success of the schools.  

          Maybe the large cities should break up into smaller independent school districts to get better results.

    •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

      Increases in education spending haven't resulted in improved performance. Blaming the poor performance of public schools on the students doesn't seem plausible either.

      It is impossible to demand accountability from a teacher who is protected by the union. It's not just education, either. Any time the government throws money at a program without addressing the root causes of that program's failure, there isn't going to be any improvement.

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