http://education.usnews.rankingsandr...old-medal-list that the top 100 high schools in the country are predominantly private, charter, magnet schools, which is what Reps have tried to support? (Also I see there that the top 25 schools were pretty evenly split betwen red & blue states) (I also note that PA & ID both manged to get 1 school apiece into those rankings, #45 w/ score of 79.2 & #79 w/ score of 68 respectively)
And the top rated one, with a 100.0 college readiness rating, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is the result of a partnership of businesses and schools created to improve education in science, mathematics, and technology. Representatives from business and industry and staff of the Fairfax County Public Schools worked together in curriculum and facilities development for the school. In recent years, local business leaders and Jefferson parents have formed the Jefferson Partnership Fund to help raise money to maintain and equip labs and classrooms in the school. (Oh those evil corporations! )
And even the top rated "public" HS, Whitney in Cerritos CA has the ABC Unified School District Policy for admitting students to the academic magnet high school, not every qualifying student is admitted. Admission priority is based on the Board Policy considerations. The policy is very clear and leaves no room for individual judgment at the school site.
So while you view the Rep effort as trying to dumb things down & dismantle the public system, I see it as trying to promote excellence & what IS working.
I hope you're not trying to blame the "political correcting" of a classic on Republicans.Next we'll see people trying to ban or rewrite literature such as Tom Sawyer....oops, already there!
From Publishers Weekly http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/b...he-n-word.html
"Alan Gribben and NewSouth Books plan to release a version of Huckleberry Finn, in a single volume with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, that does away with the "n" word (as well as the "in" word, "Injun") by replacing it with the word "slave."
What finally convinced Gribben to turn his back on grad school training and academic tradition, in which allegiance to the author's intent is sacrosanct, was his involvement with the National Endowment for the Arts."