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Old 05-08-2008, 03:16 PM
Location: FL 33774
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I think unless there is some catastrophic change in a neighborhood, its very unlikely that an A school will become a failing school. It may slip to a B, but then go back up again to an A. There is no reason why if your child is assigned to a school they will not be able to stay there, unless they do something to have them removed. The only concern is if a school closes, but the larger ones are very unlikely to do that either.

I think finding the right schools for your children is absolutely the best idea, unless you want to go private and stay there, even if you move location.
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Old 05-09-2008, 03:50 AM
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Here's why you don't let your kids ride the schoolbus.

Teen sexually assaulted girl on school bus, police say - CNN.com
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Old 05-12-2008, 05:42 AM
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Originally Posted by tjax1000 View Post
Having grown up going to a set of not-so-good public schools in FL, I can definitely say that you are almost right- parental involvement along with individual effort is "a" key to success. At the same time, I was harassed and beaten up constantly. While this didn't affect my education, it was an unnecessary hardship that I don't really want my kid to have to experience.
At least in Pinellas, the thug factor has increased dramatically over the last ten years. It's most apparent in borderline schools, but is present even in schools which are supposedly "nice". My oldest started school in 1987; my youngest are finishing fourth grade. The number of kids acting out verbally, physically, and sexually has increased dramatically. And the official response is "I didn't see it happen, so I can't do anything about it", which is just about the most uncaring and inept response imaginable, IMO.
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