The local school district mailed its annual back-to-school publication to residents last week.
I took particular note of the information about student attendance at BOCES, our regional vocational education provider.
Attendance in BOCES’ Career and Technical Education programs, New Visions programs, Unique Placement programs and Career Academy are privileges that cost our school district substantial amount of funding. To attend these programs, students must annually complete an application and sign a contract for consideration to be approved for attendance. Students displaying poor attendance, poor behavior and/or poor academics thus violating their contract are subject to removal from these programs anytime.
I read that as:
- Vocational kids are a drain on local resources.
- Vocational kids are irresponsible.
- Vocational kids are stupid.
- Vocational kids should be punished for not being academically apt.
- Parents shouldn’t expect their vocational program student to get any help from the home school.
If you were the parent of a kid who’d rather tinker with an engine than read Emily Dickinson, would you get the message that the local school didn’t want your kid?
Or am I over-reacting?