BREAKING: Jackson County School System encourages students to drop out


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? 

By KimlyDee:

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.

Read more on this here:

http://jeffersonteaparty.com/2011/08/02/heartbreaking-discouragment-from-jackson-county-school-counselor/

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See also:

Jackson School system appealing AYP report for JCCHS

 
Friday, July 25. 2008
 
The Jackson County School System is appealing a state report saying one of its schools didn’t meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
Jackson County Comprehensive High School was one of 37 high schools in Georgia that didn’t meet AYP because it didn’t achieve the required graduation rate. And because one school failed to meet AYP, the entire Jackson County School System was labeled as failing to meet AYP.
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.
JCCHS
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.

http://www.jacksonheraldtoday.com/archives/347-Jackson-School-system-appealing-AYP-report-for-JCCHS.html

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Guess what school gets a GACHE grant:

Grant Information

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
Website:  http://www.jackson.k12.ga.us/jcchs/

http://www.gachegrants.org/funded_schools.html

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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.”

http://www.kvia.com/news/24182259/detail.html

We will update with more ASAP

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2 thoughts on “BREAKING: Jackson County School System encourages students to drop out

  1. Having worked with the GED program in Jackson County for 20 years, I think I can safely say that if you asked any student getting their GED in that time period, it is not an easy thing to do or an easy test to pass as you seem to think it is. A GED can get you into any college, not just a technical college. With a GED you also get a $500 voucher that you can use when you enroll. We have many of our students go on to a post-secondary education with no problems. Sometimes the saying you have posted is correct, “a regular school setting is not right for some students.” That was the beauty of the Regional Evening School that we had previously in Jackson County. It was allowed to gradually fail. What happens to those students? They come to the GED program so that they can continue the education they so badly need in today’s workplace. Don’t knock the GED until you have talked with some of the students that have attained their GED and are now employed, have higher paying jobs, attend a post-seconday school and have the knowledge that they have succeeded in getting their education. All students don’t learn at the same level or in the same time frame. Our GED classes allow each student to work at their own pace and their own convenience. This works great for those that are working and can only come in a few hours a day. Our main center is located at the Lanier Tech campus in Commerce, with a part-time class in Jefferson. There are also classes in the Potter’s House, the JCCI and we offer ESOL and citizenship classes in the center in Commerce. We believe in helping every person get an education. And guess what? The classes are FREE.

    • Thank you for your input Sandra, but we believe that you are assuming that none of the JTTP staff have ever received a GED. It is by no means, the optimal path for any student to take. To have anyone in an advisory position, encourage a student to drop out and get a GED and paint it as equivalent to a high school diploma is deceit and the height of irresponsibility.
      A GED most certainly will NOT get you into any college. There are several Universities that won’t even consider a student with a mere GED and will require that student to attend at least a year of Community College first.

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