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Kids being segregated based on low grades in lunch

Posted by on Nov. 2, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/11/02/tenn-high-school-segregates-students-at-lunchtime-based-on-grades/

 

Some parents are questioning a lunchroom policy at a Tennessee high school that separates students making poor grades from the rest of their classmates during lunch.

Officials at La Vergne High School say they implemented the split-lunch concept to give  students who may be struggling in a subject academic intervention, WSMV-TV reported.

School officials told the station the practice of sending students to the auditorium for a learning lab before they eat has been in place for two years as part of a statewide pilot program.

Parent Paul Morecroft said he's concerned about his daughter being separated based on her academic standing and has complained to school administrators.

"To me, it's considered separation because you have your special needs kids and the kids getting the good grades on one side, and the kids getting below an 80 on the other side," Morecroft said. "I call it a civil rights violation and segregation, no doubt."

Although he called it segregation, school officials said that wasn't a correct description.

"They are not segregating them in the traditional sense. If the kids' scores are low in certain areas, they are getting help in that area. If you want to label that segregation, then that's not the correct way to label it," said Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans.

School officials say the initiative has worked, noting that two years ago the graduation rate at La Vergne High School was about 77 percent, and now it's almost at 90 percent.

"We all want our kids to be successful, and that's exactly what this school is trying to do," Evans said. "They are giving students additional intervention times in areas they are struggling with, and that's a good thing. I can't see how anyone will be against that."

Ximena Jinenez, an 11th grade student, told the station she supports the idea of extra intervention but feels her fellow students should be allowed to sit with their friends at lunch.

"I don't think it's bad, it's good. We all need it. We need that little help in our lives," she said. "We just want to sit with our friends

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numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Nov. 2, 2013 at 11:39 AM

This is really out of control. 

smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Nov. 2, 2013 at 11:44 AM
We have something for an hour where kids go off to various programs depending on their needs. Some get speech therapy, some get reading help. My DD goes to GATE during that time.
stringtheory
by Gold Member on Nov. 2, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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We were segregated by age every year in my schools.
TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Nov. 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM
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They shouldn't do it during lunch. It should be during a study hall hour.
numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Nov. 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM

 

exactly

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

They shouldn't do it during lunch. It should be during a study hall hour.


 

mjande4
by on Nov. 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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Keep your grades up, then you can eat with your friends. End of story. We have a "recess" every Friday for 25 minutes for our high schoolers that are passing all of their classes, haven't missed any classes that week, and have no behavior infractions. One of my colleagues students asked her yesterday if she "had" to go to recess, because none of her friends qualified. The teacher told her yes and use it to find NEW friends. Lol

Lyzmom
by Member on Nov. 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM
This is what my dd's school does. It's at the end of the day on Wednesdays.


Quoting TruthSeeker.:

They shouldn't do it during lunch. It should be during a study hall hour.
cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Nov. 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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Agreed. Lunch is for eating, not for trying to learn more stuff. If a kid is hungry or feeling self conscious, they aren't going to absorb what they're supposed to be learning. 

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

They shouldn't do it during lunch. It should be during a study hall hour.


cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Nov. 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM
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There's nothing funny about saying that to a student. In fact, it's downright callous. 

Quoting mjande4:

Keep your grades up, then you can eat with your friends. End of story. We have a "recess" every Friday for 25 minutes for our high schoolers that are passing all of their classes, haven't missed any classes that week, and have no behavior infractions. One of my colleagues students asked her yesterday if she "had" to go to recess, because none of her friends qualified. The teacher told her yes and use it to find NEW friends. Lol


SyllabaryBisque
by Bronze Member on Nov. 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Haha...I used to live in La Vergne, TN. Doesn't surprise me in the slightest...
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