Re: “Schools squeak by, but future budgets look disastrous” (TNT, 5-2).
Is it really teachers’ fault their students don’t perform when the students know they won’t be required to retake classes they fail in kindergarten through eighth grade?
A whole lot of our problems with low-performing schools would be solved if the state would just fund enough teachers to teach the kids who repeat courses, in addition to the incoming students taking the course for the first time. And the best part? The money outlay would shrink significantly after the first two or three years, once students realize there’s an actual consequence to failure.
Imagine a state where students knew they had to do more than just warm a seat in a classroom in order to move on to the next grade. I know it would make my job, and the school where I work, a whole lot better.