Careful how you yell success in school turnaround
Update 02/16/2011 the purge continues
——————————- (05) (06) (07) (08) (09) (10)——-(11)
American Indian 0.0 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0.% 0.0%——0.01%
African-Americans 30.4% 30.3% 27.7% 24.6% 19.6% 15.1%—13.2%
Asian American 1.1% 0.3% 0.0% 0.9% 1.1% 2.5% —–2.6%
Hispanic 36.3% 39.9% 46.2% 36.9% 34.1% 28.9%——-24%
White 32.2% 29.4% 26.1% 37.5% 45.1% 53.5%——59.7%
Low Income 56.6% 72.2% 74% 57.7% 57.7% 41.5%——34.5%
Special Ed 18.3% 19.5% 19.3% 13% 13% 5.9%——3.9%
Multi-Racial (new for 2011)———————————————————0.4%
The above is the data for Red Clay’s magnet school / all choice Conrad Schools of Science (6-12). Conrad School of Science opened fall 2007. Replacing Conrad Middle School.
Conrad School of Science is an oustanding public school and I urge all parents to choose Conrad for their child.
I want to make is clear though it appears the “school” is being turned around my concern is being an all choice school reassigning former feeder patterns question what interventions did the district offer to the students at the old so-called failing Conrad? Are we playing a shell game with low achieving minority students and creating an oasis for student who really want to learn? Sure that’s want parents want, places where students can go and learn and achieve. The new Conrad is the place for that. So parents out their get in gear and sign you kids up for Conrad. Lets make it quite clear, the new Conrad does not discriminate nor does it turn Red Clay community students away. It’s up to the parents and students to want to attend. Sadly many of the low performing particularly African-American students seem not to have a parent for an advocate. Also, it appears there has been a major drop is Speical Ed students.
There is this saying in, for every action there is a reaction. It appears the reaction is taking place at H.B DuPont Middle and A.I. DuPont Middle schools.
The numbers were predicted and calculated by those setting the agenda for Conrad and it fulfilled a long ago promise that Conrad high school would be back. Personally, I am glad its back and I very please with Conrad School of Science. Parents its there for the taking and if you want your child to participate in amazing magnet school just step up. From what I am told no in district choice application has been turned away.
As for the concerns of shifting students in high needs to the other schools, I am confident Merv is sincere about making all Red Clay school equal and desirable. Make note, it takes more than great teachers and great leaders to make successful schools. We need great students willing to learn and great parents to support their children and schools.
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