Choosing Excellence in Public Schools: Where There's a Will, by David W. Hornbeck

By David W. Hornbeck

This publication explains the origins of the low expectancies now we have of kids, together with, particularly, teenagers of colour, these for whom English is a moment language, terrible young ones and kids with disabilities. The publication dispels the root for low expectancies and makes transparent the commercial, demographic, civic, own, and ethical critical to teach all little ones to excessive criteria and the results of now not doing so.

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As part of this compromise, the special admission schools were required to set goals for admission of students with disabilities and English-language learners, with central office monitoring their progress toward these goals, and intervening as required. This process, as well as the implementation and monitoring of all the district’s admission policies and practices, was overseen, both firmly and fairly, by Gwen Morris, within the Office of Equity. Reflections Tracking is only one example of policies that institutionalize low expectations for some students.

They ensured that school funding and budgets took into account differing poverty rates at each school, since we were committed to an equitable distribution of 20 CHAPTER 1 funds within the district even though we did not enjoy that equity between districts within Pennsylvania. OSESS had the responsibility and authority to examine any issue within the district that contributed (or failed to contribute) to leveling the playing field so that all could meet high standards. Within OSESS, key leadership was provided by Allie Mulvihill and Gwen Morris, long-time district educators whose careers were devoted to equity, and whose skill at coaxing old district norms closer and closer to the principles and practices of Children Achieving was remarkable.

2. The district had been sued several years before by the Education Law Center, which had a long history of defending the right of students historically badly served, asserting that our competitive school-admission practices discriminated against students with disabilities. Of course, they did. We entered into an agreement with the ELC to make the process fairer. 2 The Origins of Low Expectations Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it.

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