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Fox45 news reported Tiffany Frances expected her son to graduate high school this year only to find out he is being sent back to the freshmen level. Her son had a GPA of .13 but ranked 62 of 120 in his class.
What is going on with Baltimore schools? And what is going on with this young man’s parents?
France’s son attends Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts in west Baltimore. His transcripts show he’s passed just three classes in four years, earning 2.5 credits, placing him in ninth grade. But France says she didn’t know that until February. She has three children and works three jobs. She thought her oldest son was doing well because even though he failed most of his classes, he was being promoted. His transcripts show he failed Spanish I and Algebra I but was promoted to Spanish II and Algebra II. He also failed English II but was passed on to English III.
“I’m just assuming that if you are passing, that you have the proper things to go to the next grade and the right grades, you have the right credits,” said France.
Tiffany lamented the failure of the school system. I agree with her that the school failed her son majorly. From the sounds of it, this school might as well just close up shop if a .13 GPA gets you in the top half of your class. They are utterly failing.
However, I also think Tiffany failed him. Did she not look at your child’s report card…ever? How did she not know he had an extreme amount of tardies and absences? France’s son was reportedly late or absent some 272 days! I appreciate the mother works three jobs and is stretched thin, but Tiffany bears some responsibility for this failure too.
“He’s stressed and I am too. I told him I’m probably going to start crying. I don’t know what to do for him,” France told Project Baltimore. “Why would he do three more years in school? He didn’t fail, the school failed him. The school failed at their job. They failed. They failed, that’s the problem here. They failed. They failed. He didn’t deserve that.”
France is right, her son didn’t deserve to escape the notice or care of apparently all the adults in his life. It’s perplexing why France doesn’t understand why her son needs to re-do the past three years of school. He completely failed them! How can they give him a diploma when he hasn’t earned it? Doesn’t she want him to, at least now, go back and learn what he needed to learn?
According to Jonathan Turley, Baltimore is one of the top-funded school districts in the nation. This is absurd. If we ever have any hope of reforming and redeeming public education, there has to be an end to teachers unions.
The top spending school districts are also some of the worst performing school districts. New York topped the per capita spending at $24,040 per kid. Washington is close at $22,759. Baltimore is often ranked in the top three per capita spending districts https://t.co/Rz8ePHbn6E
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) March 5, 2021