Please Don’t “Help” Me!

The agenda package for the Sept. 28 Board of “Education” meeting contains a summary of the “help” the Board has provided Petersburg

Petersburg has been working under Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the Board since 2004 and has been working under Board-approved Corrective Action Plans since 2009-10.  Here is the list extracted from the Board’s agenda package:

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And here is a summary of what thirteen years, four MOUs, three Corrective Action Plans, and one On-Site Visit have accomplished:

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A school gets to damage too many of its students for four years before it can be denied accreditation.  Here we see the first MOU being executed as Petersburg was headed toward the denials of 2006. 

If we credit the State “help” for the decrease in denials and increase in full accreditations in 2008-10, we are left to explain how more of that “help” allowed the subsequent disaster:  As of this year, half the Petersburg schools are denied accreditation and none is fully accredited.

The complicating factor here is the new, tougher math tests in 2012 and English tests in 2013.  The Petersburg difference is that the State averages later recovered while Petersburg, with “help” from the MOUs and Plans, did not:

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Your tax dollars at “work.”