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Sunday, January 09, 2005

School closing may boost district test scores

The closing of Lawrence Alternative High School could result in a better showing for the school district as it strives to meet standards of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Some students at the alternative school are saying they will drop out if they don't like the new alternative programs being designed for use in the district's other schools. And their absence could boost the district's overall test scores -- a key component of the act's requirements.

"If a significant number of kids drop out, then they won't bring the scores down," said Dick Wedel, a former social studies teacher at LAHS, adding that he hopes they don't drop out. "That's one way to get better scores."

Whether that comes to pass is anyone's guess.

The approximately 80-student alternative high school at 2600 W. 26th St. will close at the end of the academic year.

I guess the school district won't be leaving those kids behind so much as forcing them out of the door. When do we get the "Kick No Child to the Curb" act?


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