Posts Tagged ‘Arne Duncan’

Parents in 42 states can’t access permanent record from “public” schools on test scores, grades, economic status, disciplinary problems and student pregnancies – USNews.com

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

US News:

All 50 states and Washington, D.C. collect long term, individualized data on students performance, but just eight states allow parents to access their child’s permanent record. Forty allow principals to access the data and 28 provide student-level info to teachers.

Privacy experts say the problem is that states collect far more information than parents expect, and it can be shared with more than just a student’s teacher or principal.“When you have a system that’s secret [from parents] and you can put whatever you want into it, you can have things going in that’ll be very damaging,” says Lillie Coney, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. “When you put something into digital form, you can’t control where that’ll end up.”

New study shows DC voucher students out-perform gov’t students, and at one-fourth the cost

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

DC mis-named “public” schools spend $25,000 of tax money per student.  The average voucher recipient receives about $6,000; NEA-backed Obama wants these students to fail.

The Washington Post:

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, the first federal initiative to spend taxpayer dollars on private school tuition, was created by a Republican-led Congress in 2004 to help students from low-income families. Congress has cut off federal funding after the 2009-10 school year unless lawmakers vote to reauthorize it.

Overall, the study found that students who used the vouchers received reading scores that placed them nearly four months ahead of peers who remained in public school. However, as a group, students who had been in the lowest-performing public schools did not show those gains. There was no difference in math performance between the groups.
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Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement that the Obama administration does not want to pull participating students out of the program but does not support its continuation.