Originally Posted by Theophilus
How much money does your school district receive from the Federal government? Isn't this a local issue?
I don't know how much money we receive, but we have already lost our Title 1 funding because of NCLB- we are in year 3 of failing to make AYP and will be in "reconstruction" as of next year. Now, what that means in laymens' terms is that because for the last 3 years in at least one category we failed to have a certain percentage of students pass as proficient on the State test, the feds took away funding for the Title 1 reading program at the elementary level- govt. funding for books, workbooks, and other supplies.
The district moves money around to cover the loss- the new money comes out of athletics, electives, busses, and other high school programs to fund elementary school reading.
Not only is Aztec one of the poorest districts in New Mexico, we also have a 33% Special Education population. This is the subcategory we have failed for three years. Aztec has improved in the Overall category as well as the Native American, Hispanic, and Free and Reduced Lunch categories. But failing one, means failing all.
As Snowhere said- lack of education is the main cause of the cycle of poverty here. One inherent problem with NCLB is that when a district fails and funding is removed, the district will continue to fail because it doesn't have the resources to improve.
Becuase education is not a priority here in a place where you only need a GED to work on an oil-rig and make 3 times what I make, I would guess that bonds and taxes are not often passed to support education. (I live in Durango, so I don't know exactly how that works here).