They do what they do.
Thinking about schools and peers and parent-child attachments....I came across one of my favorite posts .
Houston Independent School District2008-2009: $1.7 billionIrvington: upper class, mostly white, few ELL students (schoolmatters.com and greatschools.net report median household income in the 100K-150K bracket, 62% of adults have at least a bachelor's degree, 1% ELL, 0% free/reduced lunch)Irvington: nearly $27K per studentHouston: 81% eligible for free/reduced lunch, 93% Title I, 31% low English proficiency, 8% ESL (not sure whether these are included in the LEP)Houston: not quite $9K per studentWhat's wrong with this picture?
The whole thing is horrifying, and people are reeling.At least, I'm reeling.
Chappaqua has terrific pages up explaining how things got to this pass (same pass up there as here, but their board told the administration that they were going to zero on the new budget & they did).The Chappaqua school board materials make me think Chappaqua schools may be as good as they're said to be. (You can never tell with affluent schools: how much of the kids' achievement is parents & tutors?)I "got an education" about budgets & New York state education law reading Chappaqua materials.
Chappaqua Central School DistrictChappaqua Board of Education Budget InformationI especially like the graph called "The Challenging Reality of Compounding." (3rd page of Budget Spending Per Pupil6th item down
hmm...don't know why the formatting is so strange
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