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In Detroit, Parents are Grateful for the New Options Offered by No Child Left Behind
Bellevue Elementary School in Detroit has been identified by the state of Michigan as a school in need of improvement. Under No Child Left Behind, Bellevue parents now have the option of transferring their children to a better school within the district. Following are excerpts from a recent Detroit Free Press article covering the decisions of two Bellevue parents:
"Patricia Duncan has never felt her 7-year-old daughter was challenged to excel at Bellevue Elementary School in Detroit. She said she did all she could to change that. She volunteered. She kept on top of Jasmine's studies. And she kept in touch with teacherstrying to be the 'involved parent.'"
"But that wasn't enough, she said. 'She wasn't learning what she should be,' Duncan said Tuesday outside the school on Detroit's east side. ??? This fall, Jasmine will move to Butzel Elementary School, a Detroit public school Duncan has confidence in. Butzel is not among the schools identified as not making adequate yearly progress. 'She's ready to leave. It's not fun for her. She wants to learn,' Duncan said of her daughter. Duncan said she's grateful for the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires states to identify schools that need improvement and forces those schools to adhere to an improvement plan."
"For now, Bennie Buckley plans to keep her son Darius, a second-grader at Pepper Elementary School in Oak Park in the school because she's encouraged that the school will make progress. Her proof? The school plans to provide extra reading help for struggling students."
The Bottom Line
"No Child Left Behind is forcing us to have higher standards and to be more accountable," [Dr. Georgia Hubbard, superintendent for the Woodward Academy] said.
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Last Modified: 01/29/2008