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Old 04-07-2010, 08:54 PM
Status: "Corn well over knee high!" (set 15 days ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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That doesn't sound like school district stuff. Of course I know nothing about the Colorado Springs schools personally, but here is the writeup:
I was responding to this from the link:

Colorado Springs is a “pretty awesome place to live” — so says Outside magazine, which rated it as one of the best cities in the country.

You might also check out this thread:

Denver Post Article: COS turning out streetlights to save on the electric bill

See also this article:

Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many - The Denver Post

I'm not sure I'd be racing to move there for "great schools", paid for by the same generous taxpayers.
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:36 PM
Status: "Looking forward to my vacation in the breezy Bay Area." (set 1 day ago)
 
Location: Crafton via San Francisco
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Whoa! SF is on the list???? I think they must have taken the few good schools that have excellent programs and applied that to their assessment of the entire district. I wish it were true that most schools in the SF district were excellent, but it ain't the case. From my very limited knowledge of the Pittsburgh school district, it seems that the same is true.
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Bethel Park, PA
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That's great an everything, but comparing apples to apples, the City schools are ranked 97th out of 105 in the Southwestern PA area in the annual school rankings. One can argue the method of ranking test scores, graduation rates, activities and such, but the rankings are regarded as trustworthy.

I'm a parent of a 3 year old girl, and never in my life would I let her go to any Pittsburgh public school. Sorry, just saying. I love the city and work on the South Side, but the schools are unfortunately pretty bad.

I truly hope they turn things around and command the respect they once had.
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Old 04-08-2010, 07:10 AM
 
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I'm a parent of a 3 year old girl, and never in my life would I let her go to any Pittsburgh public school. Sorry, just saying. I love the city and work on the South Side, but the schools are unfortunately pretty bad.
I'm a parent of 2 kids who actually attend a PPS school (Colfax/Sq.Hill). Colfax isn't the perfect school, but it definitely is NOT a "bad" school either.

I don't get this "never in my life" thing. Have you actually been to Colfax? Talked to the teachers/staff? Met the parents? What are the facts you are working with that justifies making this kind of statement about all the PPS schools in the district?
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:00 AM
 
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I believe CAPA is by some measures the best-performing school in the area. Would people really refuse to send their child to CAPA?

Generally, test scores have to be taken in context, because lots of things contribute to test scores besides the school. Really what you would want is a "value-added" measure, meaning you would incorporate all the other relevant data about the students attending the school, calculate the average expected performance for that mix of students given statewide data, then see if that particular school's students exceeded or fell short of that expected performance.
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Old 06-20-2010, 07:09 AM
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The Wake Co school district includes the entire county. Raleigh, and all the suburbs. If all the school districts in Allegheny Co were combined into one big district, the scores would be alot higher.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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After CAPA name me one high school you'd really want your kid attending? Not only that but CAPA isn't for everyone. Even the great Allderdice is a shadow of its former greatness. Lists like this can be so misleading. Maybe the Pittsburgh schools aren't a disaster in the way the Detroit system is, but it is far from good.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:49 AM
 
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This is more an indication of how horrible the public schools are in most large cities, than any feather in Pittsburgh's cap. Schools in places like Philly, DC, and Detroit, are beyond abysmal.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:19 AM
 
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After CAPA name me one high school you'd really want your kid attending?
I'd be fine with Allderdice.

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Even the great Allderdice is a shadow of its former greatness.
I'm not sure why you are saying this--it seems to have a pretty consistent ranking and reputation.
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:52 PM
 
Location: O'Hara Twp.
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I think Allderdice is thought of highly by many in Pittsburgh as a result of their honors/scholars programs.
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