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Old 09-03-2013, 08:58 PM
 
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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/op...anted=all&_r=0

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The striking achievement of Union City, N.J. — bringing poor, mostly immigrant kids into the educational mainstream — argues for reinventing the public schools we have.

Union City makes an unlikely poster child for education reform. It’s a poor community with an unemployment rate 60 percent higher than the national average. Three-quarters of the students live in homes where only Spanish is spoken. A quarter are thought to be undocumented, living in fear of deportation.
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Ask school officials to explain Union City’s success and they start with prekindergarten, which enrolls almost every 3- and 4-year-old. There’s abundant research showing the lifetime benefits of early education. Here, seeing is believing.
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What makes Union City remarkable is, paradoxically, the absence of pizazz. It hasn’t followed the herd by closing “underperforming” schools or giving the boot to hordes of teachers. No Teach for America recruits toil in its classrooms, and there are no charter schools.
One interesting note for those who hate *bilingual* education. These folks started by teaching the children to read and write their native language *first.* The kids became truly bilingual because they began with their home language and after the foundation was built, they learned English well.

Other points - the whole community bought into making the schools successful. Parents, teachers, administrators all worked together. The best educators designed the curriculum, not someone on the outside, but the actual teachers. They are NOT pushing the standardized tests and teaching only what the tests say should be taught.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:10 AM
 
Location: St Louis, MO
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A lot of recent survey data is indicating that Hispanic immigrant parents value education just as much as high achieving Asian ethnicity parents. Despite being way behind economically, Hispanic high school grads are entering college at higher rates than white and black high school grads. Perhaps the community _is_ the key to Union City's success? (which I realize the article credits, but maybe the district would have succeeded because of the community regardless of their approach)
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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I'm originally from New Jersey, and Union City has always had a reputation as a stable blue-collar town. Since I can remember, it was a bastion of Cuban immigrants who had fled Castro's regime. I'm not surprised at Union City's success and I do hope other districts can replicate it.
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Other points - the whole community bought into making the schools successful. Parents, teachers, administrators all worked together.
This is what it takes!
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:42 PM
 
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This is what it takes!
I guess the question becomes can we really turn around a school where most of the stakeholders don't really care if the school is academically successful or not.
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