With the Manassas City Public school system failing what is being done to correct the problems?

February 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Posted in City of Manassas, Public education. | Leave a comment

The most recent graduation report has the graduation rate at our high school at 75% and even lower for esl students.   According to a recent article in the Manassas Journal Messenger, 32% of the overall student population is enrolled in esl classes, which, on average cost much more to educate than non esl students.  There has been a number of scandals at the Osbourn High School over the last few years, including drug use among teachers, students having sex in school, etc.   Some test scores for students do not measure up to State wide scores.

Now, every school system has issues,  and not every issue can be solved by the school superintendent, but the superintendent, Gail Pope, is charged with running as good of a school system as possible.    I’ve not seen or heard much concern from her or other school leadership on the many issues with the school system.  I’ve heard plenty from the same people regarding the lack of money the school system has.  The proposed budget for this year is about 91 million dollars for a school system that has about seven thousand students.

The pressure is on Mrs. Pope to turn around the school system, or she should resign.

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