Mississippi: State Officials Devise Formula to Degrade Public Schools

Diane Ravitch's blog

In their hunger to make their underfunded schools look far worse than they are, Mississippi officials have come up with a truly absurd way to grade the schools.

If you care about the children, teachers, and public schools of Mississippi, please write or call to say so.

This is an email from The Parents’ Campaign to a teacher in Mississippi:

From: “Nancy Loome
Subject: A substantial change that affects your school
Reply-To: “Nancy Loome”

From: The Parent’s Campaign

Dear Friends,

The State Board of Education has voted in favor of a dramatic change to the school rating system, one that sets in stone the number of schools and school districts that can be rated in each of the A through F categories in a given year. Exactly 10% of schools will be allowed an A rating, regardless of how well (or how poorly) schools perform as a whole. And, each…

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