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$4.5M grant to aid Hamilton Elementary, struggling students

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Hamilton Elementary School will be able to provide three years of additional services to its students as the result of federal funding announced on Friday. The Schenectady school will receive $4.5 million from the latest round of $126 million in school improvement money being distributed by the state to low-performing schools. Hamilton Elementary qualified for a transformation model grant because it recently replaced its principal and has agreed to remove ineffective teachers based on their ...

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July 29, 2013
9:55 a.m.

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Not everyone must attend college to become career ready. Using college graduation is a straw dog. If middle and high school students received honest norm referenced interest and aptitude testing combined with transferrable skill surveys, realistic attainable career goals can be set. Based on a person's goal, meaningful course selection can take place.

To have a district wide administrator single out college graduation as a success indicator is disingenuous, harmful, and simplistic.
I know SED uses the construct too. They are speaking to a broader audience which includes higher education and technical training providers.

I believe Hamilton students deserve to be viewed in the context which offers them the basics necessary to succeed in any curriculum they choose to meet THEIR goal.