The second student that we’re aware of, has been advised to drop out of school and take the G.E.D in lieu of a diploma by the SAME adviser at Jackson County High School. Is this why Jackson County School’s graduation rate is so low? Are they advising these students to leave school to bolster their state test scores?
quote: “School isn’t for everyone” – by a Public school adviser. Is this what you want your children to hear?
I am the parent of two Jackson County High School students, who were separately encouraged to drop out of school. In 2009 my oldest son was told by a Jackson County School Counselor “School’s just not for you, you’d be better off to drop out and get your GED” Then just today my youngest son was told “We don’t even have to take you this year, I think you should just drop out and get your GED, you can still go to College” He told her that he wants to go to a full University not just a technical college. As a parent I am doing the best I can to continue to encourage my children that even if it gets tough to keep going and accomplish school then go on to accomplish what ever they want. I don’t need their own school system to discourage them into quitting, I’m fighting that at home. I am frustrated and mad that anyone in the position of advising children would even think of telling a child to “just quit”, and how dare they do that to MY children, or anyone else’s. How many children have they done this to? Where is the “you can do it” support. I wish the school board was open right now, I’d be on the phone. It’ll have to wait until in the morning.
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Meanwhile, the Jefferson and Commerce city schools were two of 34 systems in Georgia in 2008 that had 100 percent of their schools meet AYP.
The Georgia Department of Education says JCCHS’s graduation rate was 67.4 percent in 2008, according to a report released on Friday. High schools need a graduation rate of at least 70 percent to keep off the AYP list.
Shannon Adams, superintendent of the Jackson County School System, said Friday that an appeal of the AYP status was submitted two weeks ago.
Guess what school gets a GACHE grant:
The Georgia Appalachian Center for Higher Education (GACHE) invites eligible high schools in the following Appalachian counties to submit a proposal for a grant to implement strategies that encourage and assist at-risk students to continue their education beyond high school. The counties named below have been targeted because, generally, their youth have rates of low education attainment, high drop-out, and low post-secondary enrollment and completion rates:
Jackson County High School
Principal: Todd McGhee Grant Coordinator: Deb Hanzel
Here is the story of an el Paso, TX student:
“The school is currently in the process of hiring a new principal. An assistant principal provided GED information, but unfortunately failed to share additional information regarding how a diploma could still be earned. District administration is currently correcting this situation by working closely with the parent and student. Our goal is that every student should graduate with a high school diploma prepared to enter the workforce or post-secondary education.”
We will update with more ASAP