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  •  Maybe the parents are asking the (3+ / 0-)

    logical question. What defines high performing and low performing. Test scores? I know that in my life all decsions are based on choosing one, and only one, correct answer out of four, and only four, possibilities. (For the snark-impaired, that last sentence was snark.)

    The number one indicator of "performance" is the socio-economic make-up of the district. I continually hear that students should be able to attend those "high performing" schools.

    First, will those "high-performing" schools want students from low performing districts. I already know the answer. They will accept the best, brightest or most athletic. The others .... not so much. Discipline problems ... forget it.

    Secondly, teachers working in wealthier districts made a conscious decision to work there. They did not choose to apply at my school. On the other hand the teachers working at my school want to be here. They love their work and their childeren ... regardless of background.

    I want teachers in my district who want to be here and who have a passion for teaching all the children. Perhaps the parents in that "low-performing" school district want that too.

    A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

    by slatsg on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 06:05:17 PM PDT

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