Monday, November 17, 2008

A sobering look at PPS Performance

From an article in last week's Tribune:

"The Costs of Pittsburgh's School Failures"

"...a very large fraction of graduates who are able to take advantage of the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program will be ill-prepared for post-secondary education and will probably require heavy remediation if they enroll in college -- adding to the enormous cost already incurred getting them through 13 years of public education in Pittsburgh.

Neither the students nor taxpayers can be benefiting much from such a system."


Anonymous said...

I believe that the theory behind Pittsburgh Promise is great. That being said, I would much rather PPS spend it's time and resources properly educating the students it has in its care for as many as 13 year...First. If our children get a solid, well-rounded education they will have a much better chance of getting financial help from many colleges. Again, educate my child while you have him and don't make 'promises' for which you are not fully preparing him.

Questioner said...

And of course there is the concern that Promise money will be wasted if students are not properly prepared or counseled on making the correct choice. Hopefully, with the Promise launching acampaign for contributions from the public this spring, it will also provide to the public complete information on which schools Promise money is going to and what percentage of students successfully complete year one, year two, etc. of the programs they choose.