August 20, 2012
No music, PE, art, 30+ students in shared grade classrooms, ok, budget cuts. Have the parents been asked to volunteer and lend a hand? No. Did the 5th/6th graders get spelling, social studies, science? Hardly. She finally came home in March happily saying she finally received spelling work, and that the SUB handed it out. The teachers are not putting the work they should be into their curriculum, nor do they have the time to. District requires students to read for 2-3 hours a day alone during class time, and 2 math sessions a day, in order to pass the OAKS tests. They retest several times in order to pass all students, and once passed, are placed in more academically challenging classes. My daughter was moved in APRIL. 2 months before schools out, very behind the rest of the students in their coursework. A kick me sign was placed on her back, and the teacher's response was to ask the bully not to waste her post-its. Too much time is being spent on passing the state tests. Too little time is being spent correcting behavior, an unruly class should be quickly reprimanded, especially in a class of that size. We will not send our kids here next year.
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