NB High on probation

If your kid is 4, is it too early to worry about the fact that the local high school flunked it’s NEASC accreditation visit?  The only real reporting on this story has come from NBBlogs.  Today Patrick Thibodeau had the link to the NEASC report, but Elisa Hutcoe Krochmalnyckyj had the story first, plus a follow-up.

Patrick’s post today looks at the way the budget processes of the city and the board of education impede the ready flow of resources.  Reading the report, I was naturally more drawn to curricular questions (no lab science in 9th & 10th grade!) and opportunities for students.  In particular, one bit jumped out:

New Britain High School provides many opportunities for students to extend learning
beyond the normal course offerings and the school campus.  Students have the
opportunity to participate in partnership programs with the University of Hartford, St.
Joseph College, and Tunxis Community College.  Summer programs such as the Choate
Rosemary Hall Connecticut Scholars Program and the Center for Creative Youth at
Wesleyan University are also available.

If only there were a university in New Britain . . . I am somewhat surprised not to see CCSU in the forefront of this list.  I know faculty who have partnered with teachers in Hartford, and I know that there are a lot of CCSU students who work with New Britain rec sports.  Plus, there are a pretty fair number of us who live in the city, and many of us have kids.

Then again, some times education people crack me up:

Several teachers report using personal funds to
purchase equipment such as DVD players, TVs, printers, and projectors in order to
deliver the curriculum as written and to allow students to participate as active learners.

I’ve heard that about TVs and DVD players–they definitely “allow students to participate as active learners.”

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