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Federal funds target struggling schools

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North Carolina received good news from Washington. The US Secretary of Education announced that the Tar Heel State will receive more than $91 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools.

Brunswick County Academy is a Tier II school, a high school that is eligible for, but does not receive, Title 1 funds. It's consistently one of the lowest-achieving high schools in the state or has a graduation rate of less than 60 percent. Brunswick County Academy is one school in our area eligible for the grant money.

The school district applied for the grant and is asking for $2 million per year for three years. The federal government requires schools that get the money to change their system by implementing one of four intervention models.

If Brunswick County Academy gets the money, school board member Shirley Babson says it will follow the transformation model. That means they'll have to replace their current principal and improve the school through comprehensive curriculum reform, professional development, and extend learning time among other strategies.

"Be a school that can help those students, who have not been successful in other schools. That was the purpose of the school when it came there and I certainly do not want to ever do away with that," Babson said. "There are fewer Tier II schools in the state. We think we have a good opportunity to get it."

The Brunswick County School District now has to wait for approval. If it receive funds, it can start spending the money immediately to turn schools around for this fall.

A New Hanover County Schools spokesperson said that district could really use the financial help as well, but their schools fall under the Tier III category. Tier III schools can only receive funds once all of the state's lowest-achieving schools have received funds, so the chances of new hanover getting any money are slim.

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There's plenty of blame to go around when it comes to the poor achievement level in the N.C. school systems, but one thing is obvious. Simply throwing money at the problem will not solve it.

You can throw money...

at the problem all day long, and it won't solve it. Until the school systems get away from coddling the students, making excuses for poorly performing teachers, and get back to the basics, no amount of money will help.

If you're serious

hold the Superintendant of Schools and the entire school administration accountable.

Add to that the School Board.

Who really needs to be held

Who really needs to be held responsible are the worthless parents who leave education up to someone else. I work with these parents and they have no idea what is going on in school until they are called in to speak with the teachers when the kids are about to fail. They say they had no idea they were failing. They don't speak to the teachers, check homework or even check to make sure they are attending everyday. These kids don't care about grades/behavior because their parents don't care. When I was a kid if I brought home an F or was suspended, I was scared to go home and tell my parents because I knew what was coming. Today, a lot of these kids don't care because mom will just blame the school for singling them out and that it's the school's fault.

I agree with you 100%

Accountability, responsibility, and respect. Just a few things that very few people know the meaning of these days.

how about parents take

how about parents take responsibility: feed them, house them, clothe them, instruct them not the government. and rather than to give more money to an unemployed welfare recipient who gets pregnant... make them go to work!! what a novel idea... personal responsibility.

will never work

In this time of "not my fault" none of those ideas will work. I wish it could but do you really expect all the obama supporters that voted him in office in exchange for "free" stuff to suddenly become productive, responsible people?


we can make entitlements performance based.

Participate in your child's upbringing; be active at PTA & school activities; tutor your child to respect the rights of others; hold them accountable when they refuse to respect authority and school property; have them take the places of school resource officers in the school.

Then they might be entitled to freebies.