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Re: 5 areas where Jersey City schools have improved, district report says
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I am generally amazed at how some people are ok with the glacial speed of change in public schools. While those few kids may have gotten college credit for AP classes (more and more colleges don't give AP credit anymore), thousands of kids were warehoused and not being educated. So how long should a family wait for THEIR child to be educated? 5 years? 10 years? It's the same song and dance that was spoken since when my parents were in public school. So, that's going on about 4 decades and the schools continue to get worse. It is admirable that you took the job on the board of ed, but seriously, how long would you tell a parent to wait until their child can be expected to be properly educated in their JCPS? Cause my kid only has one shot at a childhood education .

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Education in school is less that 50% of a kids real educational experience. What are you, as parents doing to help in your kids education? Are you encouraging them to read, learn about other cultures, taking them to travel outside of JC, encourage them to appreciate art, music, science, spend meaningful time together?

If you are not, then the problem is you - not the school system

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I get the skepticism about the numbers. After all, this is Jersey City so one should always be skeptical when anything is presented by an institution, but what's not reported in this article, but has been made publicly available by the school district is that the number of students who took Advanced Placement courses increased. Those numbers can't be gamed.

In 2012 752 students took AP classes. In 2015 836 students took AP classes. That's an 11% increase. But the number of students who passed AP exams increased by 17%. Think about that for a second. Usually when you increase the pool of students doing something then the number passing goes down. But in this case we opened an opportunity for students, they went for it and did phenomenally well. (And got college credit for it as well)

As a citizen you have the right to question why parents don't do more to prepare their kids for school, but as a Board Member our responsibility is to accept every child for who they are and stretch them to their potential. Our kids, the ones that some people are quick to denigrate, proved that they can succeed when given the opportunity.

Keep demanding that we do more, but at least recognize that many students are getting opportunities they never had before. And they get it not because politicians got a great press release out of it but because there was some solid management in place that focused on academics. Can the school district do better? Yes. But if these gains were so easy then why didn't the previous superintendents do it? We have a lot of work to do, but at least it's finally started.

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So in my book, there are 2 quantifiable improvements here: the physical upgrades and the breakfasts. Increased graduation rates mean nothing unless you can illustrate that these kids actually fulfilled those requirements and don't show up at college needing remediation. It's easy to push kids through whether they deserve it or not. Reduction in suspension rate is also meaningless. Lots of districts are experimenting with not suspending students and having healing circles or some kind of thing like that. and the technology thing is totally meaningless if you followed the chrome book debacle that happened in LA.

So the buildings got prettier and or safer and more kids got food. How is the actual education?

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5 areas where Jersey City schools have improved, district report says

By Laura Herzog | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
October 20, 2015 at 12:32 PM

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JERSEY CITY — Declines in drop-outs and suspensions, building upgrades, 21st Century learning: the Jersey City school district is reporting a lot of improvements this fall.

The 40-school, 27,000-student district was the first to be taken over by the state in 1989 when education officials described a "total educational failure," but it may regain total local control from the state in acknowledgement of its enhancements this spring. 

According to the district's Oct. 15 board presentation, which includes graduation statistics that the board said are from the state Department of Education, here are five areas where Jersey City schools have improved:

  1. Increased 4-year graduation rate: The overall 4-year graduation rate increased from 67 to 72 percent in the past three years. The drop-out rate declined from 12.5 percent in 2011-2012 to 9 percent last year.
  2. Declines in suspensions: The out-of-school suspension rate declined in that period 38 percent overall, from 4,369 students to 2,693.
  3. Physical building upgrades in several schools: including cafeteria remodeling in P.S. 5, P.S. 12, P.S. 29 and Dickinson High; pool upgrades in P.S. 22, Ferris High and P.S. 39; gym upgrades in P.S. 29, Ferris High and M.S. 40; a library upgrade at Innovation High; a new computer lab at P.S. 27 and a new science lab at Ferris High School. Also, salad bars were introduced in 14 schools in the past two years, Lyles said. 
  4. New learning initiatives: some new 21st century learning initiatives that the district is trying out, including new blended-learning classes in M.S. 4, where students each use a Chromebook to participate in independent virtual learning, and four elementary schools taking classes at the Liberty Science Center once a week. The Liberty Science Center program is now in its this second year, according to the board president.
  5. Free breakfast: The district has been commended by the state and local advocacy groups, for children and anti-hunger, for its decision to mandate free breakfast, since so many families in the district qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch.

Read more:  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ols_have_improved_su.html


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