Sunday, September 7, 2008

Is this crazy or what?! Leatha.. Thanks!

This sounds like something he would agree to. I imagine the only reason he agreed to sign this bill is b/c he would have used this option, had it been available to him back in the day! He's dumber than a box of rocks - I'm shocked he went to college at all!

Although it appears to be an alternative to not receiving one's high school diploma, it leaves a lot to be desired - It has no valuable benefit whatsoever! It would leave virtually anyone who chose to accept it, in the poverty line, on welfare, and with no hope for the future.


The 'Certificate of Completion or Attendance' that is being offered in lieu of high school diplomas, is a part of Bush's 'No Child Left Behind'.
This is how it works:
It is for students who are unable to pass both the Language Arts and Math portions of the 10th grade ISTEP. Students must take the same 10th grade test over in the 11th and 12th grades until they pass both portions. If they are unable to pass the 10th grade test by the 12th grade then they have two options:
1. Drop out and go to a GED p program or,
2. Accept a 'Certificate of Completion' - it is NOT a diploma.
Once a student accepts it, they cannot ever get a diploma or a GED. A
Certificate of completion means that a student can never (as long as they live):
1. Go to the armed services
2. Go to college
3. Go to trade school
4. Go to journeyman's school
5. Go to beauty school
6. Go to culinary arts school
7. Get a federal loan in their lifetime
This is the portion of NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND (2001) that Bush slipped in during the 2004 revision of the NCLB bill. It has not been publicized. At a high school in Indiana, in 2005, there were 87 seniors in the graduation class. Five got diplomas and 82 got 'Certificates of Completion'. This is being referred to as the 'Paper Plantation'. It is better for students to drop out and get into a GED program so they may seek other forms of education, later in life, if they desire to do so. All 50 states have 'Certificates of Completion or Attendance'.0D
http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/index.html

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