Did Your Kids Start School This Week?

You might want to read this. My husband and I are currently in the process of selling our home, and are embarking on a mission to find the Holy Grail that is an affordable intown Atlanta home, in which we can comfortably fit a family of four (plus two cats and a dog), and which sits in a decent school district. (Much easier said than done, but that is the subject of a much longer post for another day.)

During this process, we have spent much time looking at ratings and “best of” lists for metro Atlanta schools and districts. We have looked at CRCT scores. We have looked at Adequate Yearly Progress reports. We have looked at the idea of school vouchers and the real cost of private schools. We have looked at the AJC’s Ultimate Atlanta School Guide. The whole thing is a mess and a can of worms, and frustrating, and who even knows if we are using the right measuring stick to rate our schools?
The one thing that I do know? This is disturbing.
According to this site, ‘The state keeps track of various disciplinary incident types occurring on campuses throughout Georgia. . . For violent criminal offenses — including aggravated battery, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated sodomy, armed robbery, arson, kidnapping, murder, rape, and voluntary manslaughter — school personnel are instructed “to consider age and developmentally appropriate behavior” before classifying an offense. Otherwise a school risks being labeled as a “persistently dangerous” school under the federal “No Child Left Behind Act.” Such a label would open the door to students transferring to a safer campus within the same district causing the districts to be impacted by increased transportation costs and the potential for overcrowding at high-performing schools.’

So, to save transportation costs, and prevent overcrowding, not all “violent criminal offenses — including aggravated battery, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated sodomy, armed robbery, arson, kidnapping, murder, rape, and voluntary manslaughter” are classified as dangerous or violent? I am curious as to at what age and point in development battery, molestation, robbery, arson, kidnapping, murder, and rape are appropriate. If these incidents happen, i want them reported. I want the children attending the schools protected, not the FUNDING protected!

Anyone else find this really disturbing? Someone participates in, say, aggravated sodomy, and then school personnel sits around and discusses whether or not the perpetrator’s actions should be deemed developmentally appropriate before classifying the behavior? I am frightened for our children. Very frightened.

2 Comments so far

  1. Oh, The Joys (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 11:33 am

    I am so RIGHT THERE WITH YOU on this one. What I want to know is how individual GA schools and / or GA districts rank nationally. Since GA ranks like 48th in the nation for education, even if a school is ranked really high in the state, the top of the dog pile is still, well, dog pile, right?


  2. Annie (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

    Completely agreed that it is difficult to see just how good or bad our state’s schools really are. It is almost as if someone doesn’t want the information out there.

    The latest thing disturbing me? That everyone will get their knickers in a bunch about free speech at Tech (admittedly, an interesting subject), but that only one person felt strongly enough about the state of our public schools to even bother commenting on my post.



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