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Failing Schools Able to Mark Themselves Up to a Passing Grade
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/17/2012 | Tom Gantert

Posted on 11/20/2012 9:52:39 AM PST by MichCapCon

Every year, newspapers across the state print the report card that the state of Michigan gives its public schools for parents to see how well their children’s schools are doing.

But what the articles don’t tell readers is that many districts with failing marks in student achievement are allowed to give themselves a score of 100 percent for completing a report on how it plans to improve itself. In many cases, that self-reported “A” inflates would-be grades of “F” to a passing grade.

Schools across the state get an automatic “A” for filling out a report on “indicators of school performance.” The report focuses on the school’s plans for self-improvement. The automatic “A” accounts for one-third of the school’s Education YES! state report card grade.

In August, the Lansing State Journal published all the EducationYes grades for the schools in Lansing Public Schools.

The newspaper article cites Sheridan Road School with a grade of “C.” However, Sheridan Road School had an “F” in Reading and an “F” in Mathematics in its only grades on student achievement. But with the help of the automatic “A,” the school ended up with a “C.”

Newspapers across the state publish the report cards with the inflated grades. MLive listed the grades of hundreds of schools.

In the Grand Rapids School District, Congress Elementary was given a “C.” It got that passing grade despite getting “F”s in Reading and Mathematics — the only two areas of student achievement that were measured.

"Who is helped by this?” said Michael Van Beek, director of education policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Van Beek said the system only helps districts that are failing in student achievement hide their grades.

"Parents aren’t helped by this because they don’t get an accurate assessment of how their school is performing,” Van Beek said.

Although plans for self-improvement are important, they should not carry nearly the same weight as student achievement when it comes to determining a report card grade, Van Beek said.

Two years ago, Michigan Capitol Confidential reported on a similar problem. At the time, a Michigan Department of Education spokesman said the automatic 100 percent grade was only for one year and that a new system would change it.

The MDE spokespeople didn’t return requests for comment on why a new system hasn't been implemented. The superintendents in the Lansing and Grand Rapids schools didn’t return emails seeking comment.


TOPICS: Education
KEYWORDS: arth; schools
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1 posted on 11/20/2012 9:52:43 AM PST by MichCapCon
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To: Springman; Sioux-san; 70th Division; JPG; PGalt; DuncanWaring; taildragger; epluribus_2; Chuck54; ..
Maybe we need right to learn laws.

If anyone wants to be added to the Michigan Cap Con ping list, let me know.
2 posted on 11/20/2012 9:58:03 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MichCapCon

Public schools are child abuse,... ...and RICO criminal organizations.


3 posted on 11/20/2012 10:11:04 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: MichCapCon; betty boop; marron; Alamo-Girl; little jeremiah; metmom; xzins; GodGunsGuts; Fichori; ..

Another reason for the separation of School and State.


4 posted on 11/20/2012 10:12:29 AM PST by YHAOS
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To: MichCapCon
"Who is helped by this?” said Michael Van Beek, director of education policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

To ask the question is to answer it.

5 posted on 11/20/2012 10:16:47 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: YHAOS; MichCapCon; betty boop; marron; Alamo-Girl; little jeremiah; metmom; xzins; GodGunsGuts; ...

“Another reason for the separation of School and State.”

Spirited: In the following passage, spiritual (cosmic) humanist John Dunphy makes plain that schools are temples where the counter-conversion of souls from the true God to the Gnostic tradition (spark of divinity within certain select beings) will take place:

“I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being. These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of the educational level—preschool day care or large state university. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new—the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of “love thy neighbor” will finally be achieved...humanism will emerge triumphant. It must if the family of humankind is to survive. (John J. Dunphy, “A Religion for the New Age,” The Humanist 43, no. 1, January/February 1983)

Because of spiritual humanism’s dominance in public education, some have even referred to tax-payer funded government schools as seminaries which are training the next generation of humanist priests. Ron Taylor aptly describes the ultimate Humanist goal:

“It is their stated goal...to steal one generation of children and teach them to place loyalty to the state above loyalty to family.” (Ron Taylor, Agenda 21: An Expose of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Initiative and the Forfeiture of American Sovereignty and Liberties, Kindle Edition)


6 posted on 11/20/2012 1:17:05 PM PST by spirited irish
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To: YHAOS; MichCapCon; betty boop; marron; Alamo-Girl; little jeremiah; metmom; xzins; GodGunsGuts; ...

“Another reason for the separation of School and State.”

Spirited: In the following passage, spiritual (cosmic) humanist John Dunphy makes plain that schools are temples where the counter-conversion of souls from the true God to the Gnostic tradition (spark of divinity within certain select beings) will take place:

“I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being. These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of the educational level—preschool day care or large state university. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new—the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of “love thy neighbor” will finally be achieved...humanism will emerge triumphant. It must if the family of humankind is to survive. (John J. Dunphy, “A Religion for the New Age,” The Humanist 43, no. 1, January/February 1983)

Because of spiritual humanism’s dominance in public education, some have even referred to tax-payer funded government schools as seminaries which are training the next generation of humanist priests. Ron Taylor aptly describes the ultimate Humanist goal:

“It is their stated goal...to steal one generation of children and teach them to place loyalty to the state above loyalty to family.” (Ron Taylor, Agenda 21: An Expose of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Initiative and the Forfeiture of American Sovereignty and Liberties, Kindle Edition)


7 posted on 11/20/2012 1:18:11 PM PST by spirited irish
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To: spirited irish

I tell anyone who will listen to get your kids out of public schools. Grandparents may need to help.

Sure, we should fight to reclaim the public schools, but that will take years, decades maybe, and your kids only have now. You have to save them now.

Churches should build their own schools. It makes little sense to send missionaries to Africa and send their own kids to government schools. What have you accomplished if at the end you’ve lost your own kids? I see a lot of churches doing this already, and it is an effective outreach; many unchurched families are looking for an alternative to the public schools and find their way to church-supported or church-friendly private schools.

In the end, we have to build the culture we want to live in. We can’t wait for the government to build it for us. We have to build the schools we want to educate our kids in, we have to create the communities we want to raise them in, establish the news agencies we trust, make the music we want to surround ourselves with. But schools are first and foremost. Thats why the godless want so badly to control them.


8 posted on 11/20/2012 2:48:51 PM PST by marron
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To: cripplecreek; All
Maybe we need right to learn laws.

Lawsuits against teachers who are not performing?

Jailtime for frauds calling themselves "teachers"?

Open video access to classrooms for parents in which their children are attending?

Daily updated stats/scores on the internet on your children's performance in the classroom?

Students rating the performance of the "teacher" with comments sections available on the internet?

DISMANTLE the Department of Education. Underperforming. Unaccountable. Why are we paying for this bureaucracy? How many dollars have been wasted and how many students have been left uneducated?

9 posted on 11/20/2012 3:06:26 PM PST by PGalt
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To: marron

Amen!!! With regard to our children, the over-riding issue is not really the here and now but eternity. So if Christians “send missionaries to Africa and send their own kids to government schools” losing them may well mean the counter-conversion of their souls resulting in eternity in outer darkness.


10 posted on 11/20/2012 3:11:53 PM PST by spirited irish
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To: MichCapCon
Michigan gives its public schools for parents to see how well their children’s schools are doing.
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It is impossible to know how well a school is doing unless the hard work done by the parents, the child doing homework, private tutoring, and preschooing ( parent-led and private) are measured.

This has **NEVER** been done.

It is entirely possible that schools teach nothing and that it is the parents, child, and tutors who are doing the really hard work. It is possible that there are no “good” schools, merely very good parents.

Finally....It is my anecdotal observation that there is no difference between academically institutionalized children and successful homeschoolers in the amount of time spent at the kitchen table or child's desk doing “homework”. Both sets of families ( institutionalized and homeschooled) have similar home habits and value for education.

Conclusions; Schools teach very little. They are merely sending home a very expensive curriculum for the parents and child to follow IN THE HOME.

11 posted on 11/20/2012 4:37:08 PM PST by wintertime
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To: MichCapCon; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

12 posted on 11/20/2012 5:00:50 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: spirited irish

souls resulting in eternity in outer darkness.
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Why should God save this nation? Huh?

1) Millions can turn out for a chicken sandwich and Christians cant’ figure out how to peacefully and legally end abortion? Really?

2) 85% of our nation’s children attend the godless government indoctrination camps. What percentage of these students are from Christian homes? How many Christians are working for, establishing, and supporting these godless indoctrination camps? There are counties in this nation where the godless government schools would shut down tomorrow if Christians simply removed their kids.

Of the two issues above, the godless schools are worse. At least the little innocent victims of abortions fly directly into the arms of Jesus. As for those children who MUST learn to think and reason godlessly just to cooperate in the godless classroom, these children risk losing their eternal souls.

By the way, I have come to a personal decision:

I will not have a government teacher for a friend. It is EVIL to teach a child to think and reason godlessly, and if a government teacher is to keep their job this is what they must do. Government teachers are too evil, too stupid, or too much of a Useful Idiot to be a friend. And...I have special contempt for government teachers who claim to be Christian and/or conservative.

One of the problems with Christians working in the godless government schools is that it lulls naive and inexperience parents into believing that their local godless schools can’t be that bad. Hey! If Mrs. Honey Bun ( choir director, Sunday School teacher, and minister’s wife) works there, it can’t be that bad. ( Hint: Your school is just as godless as any government owned and run school in this nation.)


13 posted on 11/20/2012 5:04:23 PM PST by wintertime
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To: marron

Churches should build their own schools.
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Please don’t turn blue holding your breath for that! Why?

There are too many government school employees sitting in the pews, as well as the vendors to the schools (and their employees) and all those who have a relative working for the schools. Big K-12 education is big business and few ministers are willing to bite the hand putting money into the collection plate.

By the way, I wonder how many minsters have spouses that are teachers for the godless government owned and run indoctrination camps?


14 posted on 11/20/2012 5:08:46 PM PST by wintertime
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To: marron
Sure, we should fight to reclaim the public schools,
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They must be abolished. Government schools are fundamentally, to the core, a socialist-funded, single-payer, entitlement. That can NOT be reformed.

Also government schools have **never** been religiously neutral because a religious neutral existence is impossible for any sentient being. It is impossible to have a religiously neutral education. One must adopt either godless of God-centered worldview and neither is neutral in content or consequences.

15 posted on 11/20/2012 5:14:22 PM PST by wintertime
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To: PGalt

If a doctor lies to a patient, he likely to be sued.

Government teachers are always insisting that they are professions. OK...Then **SUE** them when they give grades, promotions, and even diplomas that are nothing but LIES! Far far too many lie to the child, the parent, and the taxpayer. Aggressive attorneys should go directly for their homes, savings, retirement, future earnings, and any malpractice insurance that they might have.


16 posted on 11/20/2012 5:19:12 PM PST by wintertime
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To: wintertime
It is impossible to know how well a school is doing unless the hard work done by the parents, the child doing homework, private tutoring, and preschooing ( parent-led and private) are measured. This has **NEVER** been done.

If only there was someone with an advanced degree and nothing but times on their hands to take on this valuable and worthwhile endeavor. Of course that would require less talk and more action.

BTW spelling Nazi I believe the word is pre-schooling

17 posted on 11/20/2012 5:21:10 PM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: wintertime
Why? There are too many government school employees...

The reason is because the parents simply don't understand the nature of secular schooling, and the damage that it does to the formation of Christian children.

"What is a Christian school going to give me that my local school doesn't? Besides, my kids need to learn to get along with kids from other religions."

Priests and ministers need to teach PARENTS about the proper raising of children, and about Jesus' antipathy toward religious indifference.

It's an uphill climb, after many generations of gov't school babysitting. Like you, I'm not holding my breath. At this point, the only thing that will re-orient society toward God is significant suffering, which is likely to happen when our economy collapses.

18 posted on 11/20/2012 5:22:39 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: wintertime; metmom; sitetest
Metmom and Sitetest are these the comments of a rational human being? Is this the attitude of an "average" home school advocate?

By the way, I have come to a personal decision: I will not have a government teacher for a friend. It is EVIL to teach a child to think and reason godlessly, and if a government teacher is to keep their job this is what they must do. Government teachers are too evil, too stupid, or too much of a Useful Idiot to be a friend. And...I have special contempt for government teachers who claim to be Christian and/or conservative.

19 posted on 11/20/2012 5:57:25 PM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: wintertime; metmom; sitetest; marron
metmom, sitetest, and marron, Do comments like these do the cause of home schooling more harm or more good?There are too many government school employees sitting in the pews, as well as the vendors to the schools (and their employees) and all those who have a relative working for the schools. Big K-12 education is big business and few ministers are willing to bite the hand putting money into the collection plate.

By the way, I wonder how many minsters have spouses that are teachers for the godless government owned and run indoctrination camps?

20 posted on 11/20/2012 6:00:30 PM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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