Since the times of the Jesuits, private schools have typically outperformed public schools both educationally and with prestige. What happens in most cases, in the classrooms of teachers readily conforming to the expectations of school principals (who are more concerned with the number of students certified as passing from one grade to the next, than with whether those students have actually met the academic standards for promotion) is an unfortunate toleration of unsocialized disruptive students that persistently make academic instruction and learning very difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.
On the state side, even when states provide substantial supplemental funding for high-need communities, reliance on local property tax revenue means wealthier communities are often still able to spend more money on their public schools than poorer communities.
If you are having troubles already, and a child has only attended private school so far, then it seems like a public school situation might make the situation even worse.Teens will often act out more and more, rather than less and less, when put into public schools (and private schools too) My advice, then, is to keep in mind that changing to public school could in fact make the situation deteriorate.
And in light of the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, which affirmed the right of every child to have the chance to meet challenging objectives, my Department of Education will help schools and districts develop and implement ambitious individualized education programs for all students with disabilities.
In this policy brief, we take a look back at SLPS’s history moving into and back out of state oversight, how the district’s performance changed over this time period, how the approach in SLPS differs from other state takeovers, and how stability in district leadership provided a path forward for SLPS to return to its locally elected school board.