Friday, August 10, 2007
According to an article in today's NY Sun, vocational schools work better. The article said that 63% of students graduated in four years compared to 58% citywide, there was a 10% drop out rate, compared to the citywide drop out rate of 15% and 80% had high scores on the math and English regents compared with 55% or less of citywide. The article also said that vocational schools receive $265 less per student in funding and just 12% of career programs have been given state certification.
The article goes on to blame the low number on the Department of Education. For one thing, Klein has not supported career training. The Department of Education claims they are working on a plan to expand programs. A panel, consisting of labor, business and higher education groups has been working with department officials on a plan to improve career education but there is no evidence that the department will actually follow through on any of the recommendations.
For years, teachers have been saying that we need more vocational training. Now money is being spent on a panel to say exactly the same thing. The powers that be are still fighting vocational training. I guess nothing can be done to make a blind person see!