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Back to Business… Can They Educate

Posted by zaphriel on April 2, 2006

Now that my April Fool’s Insanity has passed. It’s time to get back to business.

I’ve been following the Halima Academy “Bureaucracy Trial” with fervent and personal interest. I did not record anything, nor did I bring my notepad, so I am paraphrasing allot here, but I am sure the transcripts will back up my general assertions.

TM.jpgFriday’s hearings (continued yet again until monday mainly due to the long winded [and tax-payer compensated] efforts of Deputy Attorney General James E. Irvin) were more of the same (how many times can you show the court the same documents and make the same points?) nickel and dime complaints. But a few new disturbing currents surfaced today (besides the “we want our money back” issue).

First, they outright accused Halima Academy of Grade Fraud and Ineffectual Educating (an issue that was never been brought before the Nevada State Board of Education in it’s consideration for closure.) What type of bombshell did they lob to back this up? Well it seems that Mr. Tom McCormack (“Technical Advisor for Charter Schools”) finds it hard to believe that these throwaway failures, (or more precisely, “kids that received all F’s in Regular schools”) could possibly get all A’s at Halima. Mr. McCormack admitted that he was sighting a newspaper article and when pressed by the judge also admitted that the original statement could have been over-emphasized for effect. He maintained that he found the students over-all drastic improvement to be “very suspect”, and wondered under oath if that was because of grade inflation and low standards (as if the regular schools have better standards). He actually inferred that is was not possible for these students to have improved so much.

So because and institution goes the extra mile, uses flex schedule, and provides a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, and produces results in children the district has already thrown away, it is suspect! WHY? BECAUSE HALIMA SUCCEEDED WHERE THE “REGULAR” PUBLIC SCHOOLS FAILED!?!?!?! Mr. McCormack and the Nevada State Board of Education are very arrogant bureaucrats indeed. Read the rest of this entry »

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