GOP Gov: High schools should pay for graduates’ remedial classes

Maine Gov. Paul LePage thinks school districts should be responsible for their graduates’ remedial courses in college, the Huffington Post reports. So in a plan to improve education for students in the state, the Republican governor has laid forth a remedial plan that he will propose in the next legislative session, noting the high number of students who need remedial classes when entering college as proof that Maine’s public education is failing taxpayers and students. And the state’s reputation is suffering for it.

“I don’t care where you go in this country — if you come from Maine, you’re looked down upon now,” LePage said, according to the Portland Press Herald. A report published last week by Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance placed Maine 40th out of 41 states for improvements in student test scores between 1992 and 2011 for fourth- and eighth-graders in math, reading and science…

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In college, working hard to learn high school material

In June, Desiree Smith was graduated from Murry Bergtraum High. Her grades were in the 90s, she said, and she had passed the four state Regents exams. Since enrolling last month at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, Ms. Smith, 19, has come to realize that graduating from a New York City public high school is not the same as learning, the New York Times reports. She failed all three placement tests for LaGuardia and is now taking remediation in reading, writing and math. So are Nikita Thomas, of Bedford Stuyvesant Prep; Sade Washington, of the Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem; Stacey Sumulong, of Queens Vocational and Technical; Lucrecia Woolford of John Adams High; and Juan Rodriguez of Grover Cleveland High. “Passing the Regents don’t mean nothing,” Ms. Thomas said. “The main focus in high school is to get you to graduate; it makes the school look good. They get you in and get you out.”

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