"The New York Sun," that Gilded Age newspaper, reincarnated briefly in the 2000s, ran this story: Vocational Schools Work Better, Report Says
Ridiculously, policy makers in the New York City Department of Education have pursued an idea that all students are ready and interested in going to college. Yet this is an inappropriate policy, if one is familiar with many of the city's students. Nonetheless, the city has been closing, or attempting to close vocational education schools, witness the city's attempts to close Maxwell Vocational High School in East New York.
The scandal of empty credits, given in credit recovery programs, came most glaringly to light in the Bronx high school publicized this week in "the New York Times:"
"City Opens Inquiry on Grading Practices at a Top Rated Public School."
Phony credits for phony work: this is the Bloomberg/Klein legacy.
Thankfully, some Brooklyn mothers are protesting the empty credits plague in the city:
"The Empty Credit Problem"
Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective has spent the past year researching empty credits and advocating for policies that will back the accumulation of credits with adequate knowledge. We have found that while doling out empty credits may expedite a students’ high school graduation, it is likely to exacerbate his or her lack of college readiness. This issue is not isolated to the Theater Arts Production Company School, but pervades many schools in New York City, especially alternative schools that cater to over-aged, under-credited students. As many pregnant and parenting students attend these schools, this problem especially impacts the students with whom we work.
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