New York City elementary school teacher Peace in the Classroom is dismayed that her school has been designated as under “corrective action” according to the No Child Left Behind law:
Just because we are a community school and we take EVERYONE who walks in the door, including children from a transitional shelter that is in our catchment area, we suffer the consequences of having low-performing students. It is not a reflection on the actual teaching or achievement of our “home grown” students, the ones we keep from Pre-K through 5th grade. What do they want schools to do? Shut their doors? Only let in a select few? I am proud of the fact that we educate everyone equally. I am proud to have over 80% ELLs in my class. The media always puts down these “underperforming” schools and it’s so sad that my school has been categorized this way.
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