Lincoln Public Schools “Need Improvement”

December 23, 2008 at 2:57pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

These Lincoln Public Schools are in the doghouse under No Child Left Behind:

  • Belmont Elementary
  • Culler Middle
  • Everett Elementary
  • Saratoga Elementary
  • West Lincoln Elementary
  • Calvert Elementary
  • Dawes Middle
  • Holmes Elementary
  • Irving Middle
  • Lefler Middle
  • Lincoln High
  • Meadow Lane Elementary
  • Mickle Middle
  • Northeast High
  • North Star High
  • Park Middle
  • Scott Middle
  • Southeast High
  • Southwest High

Lincoln’s 19 schools represent 46% of the state’s 41 schools that “need improvement”. Culler Middle School holds the dubious distinction of being on the list for three consecutive years, the longest of any school in the state.

I’m not a fan of No Child Left Behind and I am perfectly aware that the law has myriad flaws. “Needing improvement” under NCLB doesn’t necessarily correlate with school (or school district) problems. Still, owning nearly half of the state’s list isn’t great for appearances. What’s the deal, LPS?

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D. Whitehead December 23, 2008 at 6:07pm

Money!  Need More Money.  If there is a problem, or even a perceived problem, the “board” and admins just throw more money at it.  While we’re at it, let’s throw some more money at the admins for doing such a spectacular job.  They obviously didn’t get enough!

Diane K December 23, 2008 at 9:49pm

I’m definitely not a fan of NCLB. Great schools like Mickle (where my kid attended)get a black eye because of some little thing they missed a mark on (like, gosh, a small sub-group of students didn’t have perfect attendance on the day they were tested, so the whole group gets a black mark and then so does the school).

As NCLB aims for the 100% mark, even more schools will be in trouble. Perfection is not attainable.

Gene December 27, 2008 at 3:27pm

The poor kids, the kids that don’t speak English, and the kids in special ed are just screwing things up for the rest.

No Child Left Behind is about as brilliant as the rest of George W. Bush’s ideas.

D. Whitehead December 27, 2008 at 8:50pm

Isn’t that the whole idea?  The kids that need special attention get special attention.  I’m also hoping that the kids at the other end of the spectrum—the advanced learners, also, get some special attention!

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