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Absenteeism rife at Boston high schools
Boston Globe ^ | January 15, 2012 | James Vaznis

Posted on 01/15/2012 7:00:11 AM PST by reaganaut1

More than a third of the students in Boston public high schools were chronically absent last year, even as the city undertook additional efforts to lure students to school, according to a Globe analysis.

At East Boston High School, half of the students missed at least 19 days, more than 10 percent of the school year. The rates of chronic absenteeism were even higher at Brighton High, Charlestown High, and Dorchester Academy. Across the city, 7,400 high school students were chronically absent.

The figures illustrate the enormous challenges most local high schools face in keeping students in class, and more significantly, preventing them from quitting altogether. Boston high schools plagued by absenteeism tended to have among the highest dropout rates, the analysis of attendance data showed.

“I think it is absolutely a crisis,’’ said Ranny Bledsoe, headmaster at Charlestown High School, where she has revamped a number of programs to make school more meaningful to students, but also has been hampered by budget cuts. “Are we doing enough to address it? Absolutely not.’’

Students miss school for a variety of reasons: They may be sick, homeless, working, or taking care of a sibling or their own child. Other times, they skip to avoid being bullied, or because they are bored with classes, struggling academically, or frustrated that they are so far behind that they think they will never graduate.

Carynn Donald, a ninth-grader at Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester, estimates that she has missed a dozen days this year, often because she woke up tired and went back to sleep. Donald said her interest in school waned in the fourth or fifth grade when the homework became more difficult and she had to repeat two grades in middle school.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: absenteeism; boston; highschool; publicschools
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Obama wants every American to have at least one year of postsecondary education. The reality is that millions of Americans don't have the brains and the motivation to get a high school education.
1 posted on 01/15/2012 7:00:15 AM PST by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Amish?


2 posted on 01/15/2012 7:03:36 AM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: reaganaut1

What? This can’t be correct. Boston is a glorious and beautiful example of perfect Liberal Order.


3 posted on 01/15/2012 7:05:11 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: reaganaut1

Ha Ha you’re stupid! Where’s Nelson when you need him?


4 posted on 01/15/2012 7:05:45 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: reaganaut1
The Globe dances around with excuses...

Students miss school for a variety of reasons: They may be sick, homeless, working, or taking care of a sibling or their own child. Other times, they skip to avoid being bullied, or because they are bored with classes, struggling academically, or frustrated that they are so far behind that they think they will never graduate.

... and then inadvertently blurts out the truth...

Carynn Donald, a ninth-grader at Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester, estimates that she has missed a dozen days this year, often because she woke up tired and went back to sleep.

5 posted on 01/15/2012 7:06:13 AM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: umgud

bingo..


6 posted on 01/15/2012 7:07:03 AM PST by brivette
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To: Psycho_Bunny

“Boston is a glorious and beautiful example of perfect Liberal Order.”

Heh.

And glorious union people build glorious tunnels.

At twice the price and except when they collapse and kill people.

Massachusetts should be quarantined.


7 posted on 01/15/2012 7:09:46 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: reaganaut1
she has missed a dozen days this year, often because she woke up tired and went back to sleep.

Happened to me many times when I was in high school, however my parents ensured that the going back to sleep bit never lasted too long or turned into a day off school.
8 posted on 01/15/2012 7:10:20 AM PST by FewsOrange
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To: reaganaut1

when I read this I thought shoot..if the school is a cesspool of liberal thought..maybe the kids have a bit more sense than we are willing to give them credit for...BS after all is still BS...but then again, your point is valid as well... :)


9 posted on 01/15/2012 7:12:10 AM PST by leenie312
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To: reaganaut1

At East Boston High School, half of the students missed at least 19 days, more than 10 percent of the school year.

Ha! I missed more days than that at East Boston High!


10 posted on 01/15/2012 7:19:31 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: reaganaut1

Obviously its Bush’s fault and we need to spend more money on education and get rid of those pesky “no child left behind” tests.


11 posted on 01/15/2012 7:19:46 AM PST by Mercat
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To: reaganaut1
Absenteeism rife at Boston high schools
My guess is that this would be true for all city schools. The mob mentality types.
I know they have the same problem in the city near where I live:Anyone notice who wasn't mentioned? Anyone? Buelher?
PARENTS.
12 posted on 01/15/2012 7:21:26 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: reaganaut1

The most disturbing thing is how few people that have been given the “freebie” high school diploma (through the soft bigotry of lowered expectations) have any idea that they speak English at a second-grade level, lack basic math skills, and are completely unqualified for the most basic work.


13 posted on 01/15/2012 7:24:14 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: reaganaut1

Democrats want two things, create Dim voters and ensure dependency. Our government schools do both perfectly.. as they were designed to. Nothing new or surprising here. And it doesn’t have to do with kids being stupid because in a different environment, we would get different results.


14 posted on 01/15/2012 7:24:45 AM PST by Track9 (There IS revolution brewing..)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Paul Revere will have to ride again, “The idiots are coming, the idiots are coming!” ;-)


15 posted on 01/15/2012 7:28:07 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: 6SJ7
By the time I finished high school, I got not only myself but my younger brother up and off to school. (It was either that or get up even earlier to go with my mother when she went to work).

I might have missed 20 days, total, of my entire time in school, grades 1-12. Staying out of school, unless you were actually sick, was not an option. I never skipped school nor class, either; I lived in a small town and knew someone would be on the phone with my mother before I got three steps off campus so just never bothered.

This article does not point out, but it should be obvious, that these kids are not learning a basic work ethic let alone basic skills; they are going to be unemployable if they ever do get around to graduating.

16 posted on 01/15/2012 7:28:41 AM PST by susannah59
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To: oh8eleven
My first response attempt on my first day of joining free republic. . Maybe no one should be in public school anyhow.
17 posted on 01/15/2012 7:33:24 AM PST by whiteclockinthetrees
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To: susannah59

Another failure of liberalism.

How would have thunk?


18 posted on 01/15/2012 7:34:16 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Most Conservative in the Primary, the Republican Nominee in the General.)
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To: reaganaut1

http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/files/BPS%20at%20a%20Glance%2010-0225.pdf

“For 24,140 BPS students (38%), English is not their first
language.
10,040 (19%) are English-language proficient
3,260 are Former Limited English Proficient (FLEP)
11,840 are Limited English Proficient (LEP) or English
Language Learners (ELL)
All ELL students receive English language support from
highly qualified teachers of English. Approximate ELL
enrollment by program, grades K–12, is:
5,810 Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) programs
460 Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE)
programs
460 Two-way programs: Students whose first
language is Spanish and whose first language
is English learn together in both languages
5,110 Non-SEI: student’s family has opted out of all
BPS ELL programs
The five most common home languages of ELL
students are:
Spanish .......................6,590
Chinese............................920
Cape Verdean creole........900
Haitian creole..................860
Vietnamese.....................770
BPS English language learners come from more than 40
different countries.”


19 posted on 01/15/2012 7:34:26 AM PST by bitt (Socialism works great until you run out of Chinese money.)
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To: reaganaut1

http://www.greatschools.org/cgi-bin/ma/other/348#toc
Black: 42%
Hispanic: 33%
White, not Hispanic: 17%
Free Lunch: 56%


20 posted on 01/15/2012 7:34:32 AM PST by Haddit (Heartless)
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To: 6SJ7
Another dirty little secret is that Boston Govt schools are 90% minority because of busing. I Liberal do gooder judge wanted to integrate all of the schools. All he did was make the vast majority of white students go to private schools instead.
21 posted on 01/15/2012 7:35:45 AM PST by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: umgud

Leroy don’t lak skool.


22 posted on 01/15/2012 7:38:01 AM PST by Venturer
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To: whiteclockinthetrees

Welcome to Free Republic


23 posted on 01/15/2012 7:38:15 AM PST by Haddit (Heartless)
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To: bitt

http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/files/BPS%20at%20a%20Glance%2010-0225.pdf

SY10 enrollment is 56,340 (a decrease of 177 from
SY09 actual), including:
26,540 students in kindergarten–grade 5
11,460 students in grades 6-8
18,340 students in grades 9-12
Student demographics:
39% Hispanic
37% Black
13% White
74% of BPS students are eligible to
receive free & reduced-price meals
in school (65% free, 9% reduced).

Students who don’t attend the BPS1:
Of the 75,400 school-age children living in Boston,
about 18,850 (25%) do not attend Boston public
schools. They are:
47% Black
37% White
12% Hispanic
Of these students:
6,420 go to parochial schools
3,770 go to private schools
3,150 go to suburban schools through METCO
4,820 go to public charter schools
440 are placed by the BPS Special Education
Dept. in non-BPS schools


24 posted on 01/15/2012 7:40:00 AM PST by bitt (Socialism works great until you run out of Chinese money.)
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To: Venturer

U meen Darnell.


25 posted on 01/15/2012 7:40:39 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: susannah59

Yes, your parents made you go. There was no other choice back then unless you were throwing up or had a fever or bad cold. The teen in this story has parents or parent who obviously doesn’t give a d... about her own kid. The teen was too tired, and went back to sleep? Unbelievable! There should have been school people asking where Carynn was, and if not sick, hauled off to school. Then they should start arresting parents and taking their children away from them for abdicating their responsibilites. Bring back orphanages.


26 posted on 01/15/2012 7:42:00 AM PST by driftless2
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To: reaganaut1
"....city undertook additional efforts to lure students to school,...."

Ummm....I don't get it. They should try the time proven way my Father "lured" me to school. Never missed a day except the first day of deer season. Oh yeah, my Father approved of that absence.

27 posted on 01/15/2012 7:42:02 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: susannah59

Then they will blame it on those evil 1% who worked hard throughout school and are keeping the poor 99% who never had a chance down.


28 posted on 01/15/2012 7:43:00 AM PST by gop4lyf (Socialism is the political dream of the unachiever, the excuse maker, and the lazy.)
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To: whiteclockinthetrees

welcome.

FY2009 Per Pupil Expenditure (% change from FY2008):
Regular ed. $11,755 (+6%)

The average FY2008 per pupil expenditure was about $13,849 (+6%).


29 posted on 01/15/2012 7:44:51 AM PST by bitt (Socialism works great until you run out of Chinese money.)
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To: 6SJ7

When I spent my single year of 22 years of my teaching career in a public school, I used to hope that certain students would not come to school, as those were often the disruptive, non-compliant kids.

Of course, after a certain number of absences, the pupil personnel workers would go out and visit their homes, and the brats would be back to destroy the order that I had finally managed to bring to a given section.

There should be two kinds of schools in a given system. One type of school would be available for kids who want to be in school, regardless of their ability or grades, and the other type of school would be for those students who did not want to be in school. The well-behaved kids are being robbed.


30 posted on 01/15/2012 7:50:56 AM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: whiteclockinthetrees

My first response attempt on my first day of joining free republic.

^^^
Welcome to the group.


31 posted on 01/15/2012 7:53:55 AM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: gop4lyf

Where’s our first black president on this? He should be out and about, not in Hawaii, but in Cleveland and Philadelphia preaching the importance of education.

But, I guess that would be racist.


32 posted on 01/15/2012 7:58:59 AM PST by kjo
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To: FewsOrange
she has missed a dozen days this year, often because she woke up tired and went back to sleep.

I lived about two blocks from my Catholic Grammar school. Every day we assembled in the school yard, said the Lord's Prayer and Pledge and then marched into class to the "Stars and Stripes Forever". I remember waking one morning to the strains of Sousa waifing in through my open bedroom window, jumping into my uniform and bolting to school just in time to joint the tail end of my unit (class) and march into class in good order.

33 posted on 01/15/2012 8:03:18 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: reaganaut1

What you said is true. Also true is that the schools are totally dysfunctional institutions and some kids can’t do crazy as well as others.


34 posted on 01/15/2012 8:08:43 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Bigg Red
the other type of school would be for those students who did not want to be in school.

In my day that was called "REFORM SCHOOL"!

35 posted on 01/15/2012 8:15:33 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Bigg Red

May I suggest two schools are not the answer. The group that does NOT want to be in school WILL NOT learn, regardless the threats or rewards. Therefor there need be but one school, a school for those who desire an education.


36 posted on 01/15/2012 8:17:47 AM PST by M.K. Borders (All I require of my government is the liberty my Grandfathers were born to.)
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To: Bigg Red

There should be two kinds of schools in a given system. One type of school would be available for kids who want to be in school, regardless of their ability or grades, and the other type of school would be for those students who did not want to be in school. The well-behaved kids are being robbed.


I agree with you, I saw it with my own children in the Flori-DUH School System. I’m now raising my Grand-Daughter here in the Sticks of Kentucky. And we are doing well with her so-far. The secret?: Reduce the number of distractions to a minimum and maintain a strict bedtime.

The bus she rides on carries students from Kindergarten to twelfth grade. And they are picked up starting at 6:30 AM.

I do feel for the kids, but this is a farming community and they see their Parents and relatives up even earlier to do chores before going off to a paying job.


37 posted on 01/15/2012 8:30:31 AM PST by The Working Man (The mantra for BO's reign...."No Child Left a Dime")
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To: Bigg Red
There should be two kinds of schools in a given system. One type of school would be available for kids who want to be in school, regardless of their ability or grades, and the other type of school would be for those students who did not want to be in school.

I like your idea. The school for miscreants would feature classes that would entice them to keep coming back- rap song writing, tattooing, doin' the dozens etc. The purpose would be twofold:(1) Keep them off the street from killing innocent people during the daytime. Sadly, you'd still have to lock yourself in at night. (2) You might be able to use these classes to teach them at least enough to survive in the world- how to read, how to write, maybe a little bit of math. It might actually inspire a few them to try the regular school again.
38 posted on 01/15/2012 8:40:38 AM PST by Krankor (Her voice was soft and cool. Her eyes were clear and bright. But she's not there.)
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To: whiteclockinthetrees
whiteclockinthetrees
Since Jan 15, 2012

Welcome to FR.

Maybe no one should be in public school anyhow.
There isn't anything wrong with public schools that a good conservative @ss-whuppin' wouldn't fix.
Same with the US.
39 posted on 01/15/2012 8:41:35 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: whiteclockinthetrees

Many variables effect the outcome of a child’s education:

The parents’ values and priorities
The teachers’ values and priorities
The influence of other students and the values/priorities they bring with them
The influence of gov’t on curriculum and methods
etc.

We chose to eliminate as many variables as possible - we home-school. It works very well for us.


40 posted on 01/15/2012 8:59:45 AM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: metmom

ping

May be of interest.


41 posted on 01/15/2012 9:05:31 AM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: reaganaut1

The great irony is that the more resources that are thrown at public education, the less people value it.

If people don’t value something, then they don’t respect it.


42 posted on 01/15/2012 9:47:43 AM PST by PGR88
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To: reaganaut1

A Boston classroom is comparable to one of the outer rings of Hades.


43 posted on 01/15/2012 9:56:25 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (eat more possum.)
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To: reaganaut1

Why bother? The checks will keep coming in.


44 posted on 01/15/2012 9:59:00 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Haddit

Well, at least now we know why they need food stamps in addition to free school lunches.


45 posted on 01/15/2012 2:04:01 PM PST by informavoracious
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To: reaganaut1

I think it’s better for the teachers and the students if any students who don’t value high school don’t go.

In fact, I favor ending mandatory education after 8th grade. This would produce an immediate, huge improvement in high school all over the nation - one which we couldn’t get any other way.


46 posted on 01/15/2012 2:09:25 PM PST by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: Track9
Democrats want two things, create Dim voters and ensure dependency. Our government schools do both perfectly.. as they were designed to.

What you said. Karl Marx had it all planned out.

47 posted on 01/15/2012 2:14:38 PM PST by Marathoner ("Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force." George Washington)
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To: 6SJ7

When I worked nights, at a convenience store, I’d see these kids all the time at 1am or 2 am and I’d think, “How can they be up when they have school in the morning.”

Now I know, they don’t have school in the morning.


48 posted on 01/15/2012 3:49:49 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: 6SJ7

“often because she woke up tired and went back to sleep.”

funny how I don’t remember that being an option for me when I was in school. My ass would still be hurting from the kicking it would have received if I’d have tried it.


49 posted on 01/15/2012 3:52:56 PM PST by Newtoidaho (Fight organized crime. Vote out all incumbent Democrats!)
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To: whiteclockinthetrees

Welcome!


50 posted on 01/15/2012 3:54:09 PM PST by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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