Showing posts with label ACLU. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ACLU. Show all posts

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Who is looking out for the kids?

George Zimmerman not guilty
I know this is a little dramatic, but I've been waiting for a chance to use this GIF!

The Peoria County Regional Office of Education will monitor the installation of the pre-fab, temporary buildings that will be used to accommodate the children District 150 must grant boundary waivers. 

Perhaps the ACLU and/or the NAACP should be monitoring the installation of the students. Keep in mind, only the lowest scoring children were approved (i.e., the most vulnerable), many with IEPs. Already, things appear to be off to a chaotic start. 

The local newspaper reports that the trailers will arrive on Friday and school starts on Monday...

They've hired new staff. They've got new furniture. Now they're waiting for new, temporary classroom buildings.

Prefabricated modular classrooms are expected to arrive next week for installation at Charter Oak Primary and Lindbergh Middle schools. That's Friday, Aug. 16, which gives teachers just a few days to prepare classrooms for teaching.

Despite the tight time schedule, principals at both schools say they expect to be ready for a large influx of new students from other Peoria School District 150 schools by the first day of school, Aug. 19.

NCLB guidelines require school districts to offer students at low-performing schools the choice to transfer to schools that made adequate yearly progress, or AYP, based on state test scores.

Almost 300 families applied for transfers under NCLB guidelines. However, the district was required to place only 230 students at one of the six schools that made AYP. Of those six schools, more than three-fourths of parents selected Charter Oak or Lindbergh as their first choice.

Faced with a combination of more students eligible to apply for the NCLB option and fewer schools meeting AYP, the district chose to add more classrooms and space at Charter Oak and Lindbergh.

Two units of four classrooms each, air-conditioned with hallways, bathrooms and modern equipment such as smartboards.

About 100 students will go to Lindbergh and 75 to Charter Oak, not including new enrollees who moved into the attendance areas, according to the district. Lindbergh ended the 2012-13 school year with about 325 students, Charter Oak with 408.

An assistant principal will be added to the staff of Lindbergh Middle School to help deal with new students whose parents took advantage of the choice to transfer children from low-performing schools under federal No Child Left Behind guidelines.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Over crowding and inequality in education - Peoria, Illinois

Where is the ACLU when you need them? They sue for over crowded prisons - they need to sue District 150 for over crowded schools.

A new school boundary map was made and schools were closed. Parents were given a handful of schools, where children are learning, that they could scramble and beg to attend. Today we read that Glen Oak Community School and Harrison Community School are filled beyond capacity.

While the schools North of Forrest Hill are not seeing classrooms bursting at the seams and children failing to learn; the schools South of Forrest Hill are. Additionally, the schools are all set up on some type of program schematic that place students on a different learning trajectory than their "peers" out North. When questioned about why the classrooms are so crowded, the Superintendent of Schools says: 

"I don't know where people are coming from...,"

How is this an acceptable response to the very real problem of classrooms packed beyond building code?

I will guarantee you, new people are not coming to Peoria feinding to attend Glen Oak or Harrison Community School. These are the same lower economic citizens that the City and the Schools have agreed it is okay to herd in this way. 

Inequality in education is a market in Peoria - it has been for generations. Folks coming from communities far and wide to make money off of the under educated parents with children who live in this town. Millions and millions of dollars in grant money has flooded into this community for the last several years, but ain't nothing changed. We continue to get what we got - maybe even worse

So what is the Board of Education going to do for all of these kids crammed into a couple of buildings? How will they remedy this heinous situation? Will they open up more schools; will they open up the boundaries and allow more students to get waivers; or will they continue to allow the most vulnerable students in the City of Peoria to be treated in this way? Unfortunately  I think I know the answer to these questions - they will do nothing. 

I am thoroughly disgusted with this situation - THIS IS WRONG!

Peoria Story has the scoop from last night's School Board Meeting.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I can't get mad about Trewyn getting much needed attention.

For generations now, Peoria District 150 has underserved the children of Peoria. The disservice to the black community has been and/or is vast. From what I can see, the NAACP and/or the ACLU could have instituted a class action lawsuit against the District for the violations against student civil rights and the inequality in the schools. They did not/they have not.

Today, to hear people complain about what they call “special treatment” that the students at Trewyn are getting saddens me. These children and their families are the very people who have been done a disservice by this District and this City for generations. Sure, they appear to be getting a little extra, but it’s still a drop in the bucket when you consider how long the education of black children in this City has been neglected.

While the complaints about the arrogance of the Superintendent may be well founded, the big stick that the Superintendent is welding is directly related to power that was given to her when our District violated student’s civil rights with an unequal education.

Many may not like it, but the Superintendent is doing a great job of CYA for District 150, which is exactly what the BOE wants/needs for her to do. Sorry folks, but as long as she is protecting the civil rights of the children who have obviously consistently received the least in this City, her power will remain intact.