Boarding schools starting in first grade. What’s next in Ed reform?


Parents, “you’re fired”!
This is what has come next.

This may make you cry. Children as young as six being sent away to school to fix a manufactured crisis. Parents are clearly seen as unable to care for their own children and need to be separated so The State can ride in on their white horses and save the day. They have officially hit rock bottom on how far they are willing to stoop.

Poverty needs to be addressed. Not like this, not like this at all. College and career readiness is more important than family integrity. An inappropriate garbage curriculum and abusive tests are a measure of this failure. Shame on these people. We weep for the children.

That this is even a valid choice perfectly shows what is going on under this educational climate. For anyone saying, how is this related to common core? Look closely. Not everything is going to spell out ‘common core agenda’ in flashing neon. Their reasoning for removing children from homes clearly is based on the assumption children cannot be cared for by their parents as well as school performance. Prior to the corporate and federal take over of education and allegations of ‘failing schools’ which supposedly justify the powers that be swooping in to save us from ourselves, this would never have happened. These reform methods illustrate this faulty method of thinking extremely well.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo’s chronically struggling school system is considering an idea gaining momentum in other cities: public boarding schools that put round-the-clock attention on students and away from such daunting problems as poverty, troubled homes and truancy.

Supporters say such a dramatic step is necessary to get some students into an atmosphere that promotes learning, and worth the costs, estimated at $20,000 to $25,000 per student per year.

“We have teachers and union leaders telling us, ‘The problem is with the homes; these kids are in dysfunctional homes,'” said Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino.

He envisions a charter boarding school in Buffalo where students as young as first or second grade would be assured proper meals, uniforms, after-school tutoring and activities.

It’s one of a pair of boarding school proposals that have been floated in the city, where only 53 percent of students graduate in four years, English and math proficiency hover 20 points below the state average, and a majority of public schools are considered by the state to be failing. Around 80 percent of students meet federal guidelines for free and reduced lunch.

“We are not hitting various measures set by the state or ourselves,” said Tanika Shedrick, a former charter school dean who is trying to open the state’s first public boarding high school in Buffalo. “Our students are leaving school not prepared for college.”

Her charter Buffalo Institute of Growth would supplement a college-style academic schedule with life skills and social activities that would keep students on campus seven days a week, with the goal of sending 100 percent of graduates to college or a vocational program.

“We want to make sure we’re there every step of the way,” said Shedrick, who plans to submit a charter school application to the state this year. She estimates the per-student cost at $20,000 to $25,000 per year, to be paid for with public funding and fundraising. New York’s traditional charter school allocation is about $12,000 per student.

Both proposals in Buffalo would be subject to state approval.

About 115,000 students board at private schools in the United States, federal statistics show, in a tradition that predates the Revolutionary War, but the idea of public boarding schools is relatively new.

The Washington, D.C.-based SEED Foundation opened its first public boarding school for poor and academically at-risk students in 1998 and followed up with a school in Baltimore in 2008 and Miami in 2014. A fourth school is in the works in Ohio at the request of the state’s Department of Education. The model, in which students in grades six through 12 return home for weekends, required changes in state laws.

The idea has been discussed in cities including Detroit and Niagara Falls, as well. Advocates say the high price is the biggest obstacle.

“Even I have to admit, in the short run it’s expensive,” SEED Foundation co-founder Eric Adler said. “That’s an argument for not doing it. I don’t think it’s a good argument, but it’s a valid argument.”

Adler continued: “Not every child needs this, but there are many who do, and without it, they wouldn’t have much of a shot.”

Tasha Poulson found SEED and its 90-plus percent graduation rate while researching schools after seeing her daughter, who had excelled in elementary school, begin to lose ground upon entering one of Washington’s public middle schools.

“It was horrible,” Poulson said. “I knew that I had to get her out of that school, and there wasn’t another school that I saw as a fit for my daughter.” But she hesitated at the thought of her sixth-grader living away from home.

In the end, Poulson decided it would give her daughter the independence and confidence she would need to go to college. She visits frequently and also attends events such as poetry nights that welcome parents. Her daughter is headed for North Carolina Central University next year, and a niece and son now attend the SEED school as well.

A Buffalo Board of Education committee is looking at Paladino’s proposal to explore a SEED school.

While SEED’s Adler acknowledged the annual per-pupil cost is high in the short term, he said it pays off with successful, taxpaying citizens down the line.

A study of SEED published in the Journal of Labor Economics last year found that changing both a student’s social and educational environment through boarding significantly raised student achievement in math and English.

Paladino has proposed asking the state to fund a Buffalo boarding school as a kind of pilot project.

“Next year, we’ll take in another 6,000 kids to our traditional public schools,” Paladino said. “Eighty percent of those kids are condemned to a school opportunity that will not teach them. It will just put them on the streets at some point.”


The added slap in the face is this type of charter school taking much needed funds from already desperate schools that are being judged on problems caused by the lack of funds.

Studies have shown that more parent involvement, not less, increase the overall health and success of the child.

What country is this? What decade and century? This sums it up well:

How did it work out last time?

From good old New York history:

They’ve done nothing to improve poverty and then simultaneously
tell us we cannot propoerly raise our children to be college and career ready. They justify need to step in. The family unit means less than human capital. This is just wrong. Just remember how trends go under this agenda. Soon enough they’re fully funded and pushed in under the guise of a failing economy, global competitiveness, and an under educated work force.

Meanwhile, in Florida:

And all over the world they mock us.

When they create this crisis and justify such drastic measures as if they’re saviors, we have to say enough is enough.

It’s a brave, new world indeed.