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March 19, 2010

ARNE DUNCAN FLUNKS MATH

SUSAN O'HANIAN - Vermont has identified ten schools as their "lowest 10%." Since we don't have charters, I hope President Obama comes to Vermont and personally hands out the pink slips.

Students at these schools undoubtedly perform better on standardized tests than many students across the country. Nonetheless, they are the lowest in Vermont. Some will always be the lowest in the state. So under the Obama/Duncan plan, some schools will always be stripped of their leadership and faculty. It is likely to be the same schools over and over losing the people who know anything about the students and the community.

A large percentage of students at one of the "low" schools in Vermont are immigrants, speaking something like 50 languages. 99% of the student population are eligible for free and reduced lunch.

Under the federal threat of imminent firing, what teacher will volunteer to work in a troubled school?

Right now, the solution is for states to refuse the federal money.


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