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What is the real purpose of today’s public schools? Follow the money


       The Sun., 11/10/06 issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had a front page article “Vacations from school: Pencil in some time off” about how more and more families are taking their children out of class to travel and even to learn. Some schools and teachers encourage it while other school administrations are considering cracking down by limiting the amount of time that a student can be gone even with “excused absences” from parents. Arguments were made back and forth as to whether this is a good thing or not, but there is one telling statement which is important to note because it reveals the real motivations behind today's public schools. Principal of Reed Elementary in the Ladue School District Donna “Jahnke said these vacations could cause problems for teachers because it takes a lot of time to put together and grade the makeup work. It's even more of a hassle if students miss class when standardized tests are being given. AND LOW ATTENDANCE CAN AFFECT SCHOOL FUNDING” (emphasis mine, WSW). This was confirmed in the very next paragraph. “Roger Dorson, director of school finance at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said, 'The fewer attendance hours you have, the less money will be received down the road.'” So, that is what it really all seems to be about, is it not?

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