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    Filed at 7:02 pm under by dcobranchi


    WE WILL NEVER CONQUER THE DROPOUT RATE — which is probably higher than the reported number because they do not count the “home-schooled students” – until we address two issues: parent responsibility and truancy laws (“Committee finds flaws in plan to cut dropout rate,” Jan. 15).

    Many parents do not want the hassle of getting up in the morning and getting their kids off to school or their child is a discipline problem, out of control at home and at school.

    So, what do they do? They say they will “home-school” them – I put that in quotes to distinguish it from parents who actually do home-school their children, and more power to them. These children end up on the streets all day and most of the night.

    If parents are going to home-school, they should have to be accountable to the school district as to their progress.

    When I questioned a former state superintendent, he said this idea would never fly because of the power of the Home-School Association.

    School districts need to have an officer who actually rides the streets and visits homes to get kids back to school. They should have the authority to ask parents to show books and materials used by the student and completed work.

    Dorothy McCorkle

    6 Responses to ““NEVER FLY””

    Comment by
    January 18th, 2008
    at 10:28 pm

    I imagine Dorthy’s head would explode on the knowledge that some of us think the drop out rate is too low. If they don’t want to be there in 11th and 12th grade who cares? They won’t learn anything keeping the cash flowing in for the school district. Introduce them to the school of hard knocks while they are young enough to turn it around.

    Comment by
    January 19th, 2008
    at 10:47 am

    What is wrong with Dorothy that she thinks it’s unacceptable to even see children during the light of day?

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    January 19th, 2008
    at 11:09 am

    I thought it hilarious that the educrat told her it would never fly and she insists that this must happen anyway.

    Comment by
    January 19th, 2008
    at 11:12 am

    There was a letter to the editor in my local paper in which a parent accused the public schools of encouraging low performing students to drop out. I posted it at Alasandra’s Homeschool Blog Awards.

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    January 19th, 2008
    at 12:20 pm

    Dorothy needs to go raise her own children and leave mine alone.


    Comment by
    Crimson Wife
    January 22nd, 2008
    at 3:33 am

    Does Ms. McCorkle think that government-run schools should be worrying about whether private school students complete their work and demonstrate sufficient “progress”? If private schools can be trusted to keep track of their own students, then why should homeschools be any different?