Myths of a high school education exposed: Students graduate, but many are not …

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Myths of a high school education exposed: Students graduate, but many are not …
News from Eastern Arizona Courier:

Myth or fact? A high school diploma means a student has the basics down for college.

The facts speak for themselves. At the nation’s community colleges, more than a third of all students need remedial or developmental, courses and more than a quarter need remediation at the university level according to the Alliance for Excellent Education. In some states, such as Illinois, the percentage of students needing remedial courses is triple the national average.

In Arizona, the same percentage is enrolling in remedial/developmental courses, with Pima Community College reporting 80 percent in 2011.

In 2008, an estimated 44 percent of students under 25 at a public two-year college and 27 percent of all students under 25 at public four-year schools were taking at least one remedial course, according to U.S. Department of Education statistics.

Even more alarming is the grade-point average of these students needing developmental courses. In some cases, the students were earning As and Bs all through high school. A survey by an education nonprofit group showed that four out of five students taking remedial classes graduated from high school with a GPA above 3.0.

“It’s like a track meet where you have (students) run another lap to get to the start line instead of moving toward the finish line,” said Bob Wise, Alliance preside…………… continues on Eastern Arizona Courier

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Ridgewood Board of Education will seek bids to repair high school bridge
News from NorthJersey.com:

Although they are still waiting for a final permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), school officials said they will go ahead and begin the bidding process to repair the damaged footbridge at Ridgewood High School (RHS).

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Schools Superintendent Daniel Fishbein said the district will advertise for repair work, but the project would be contingent upon DEP approval. At Monday night’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting, Fishbein said they would not offer a project timeline nor speculate when the bridge will actually reopen for pedestrian use.

Officials previously eyed April 1 as the date when the temporary fencing surrounding the bridge would be removed, and all repairs and restoration of the structure would be completed. That day will likely be pushed back.

“The bids will be opened at the end of [March],” said Angelo DeSimone, assistant superintendent for business.

The bridge has been closed off to all foot and vehicle traffic since last November after an engineering report revealed severe deterioration to the structure.<…………… continues on NorthJersey.com

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