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  • 1. High Point High School Local School in a National Context
  • 2. Location
    • Physically situated in Beltsville
    • Students attend from:
    Beltsville Adelphi Calverton College Park Landover Hyattsville
  • 3. High Point History
    • Founded in 1954 (same years Brown v. Board of Education)
    • 1973 - PGCPS begins country’s largest integration program using busing
    • Magnet programs introduced in the mid-1980’s
    • 2006-2007 - Academic Center closes
  • 4. High Point Today
    • Incredibly diverse: 66 countries and 42 languages
    • Demographics: 46.29% African-American, 42.09% Hispanic or Latino, 5.39% Caucasian, and 5.85% Asian
    • Twenty-nine percent of classes are not taught by Highly Qualified Teachers
    • Forty-seven percent of students are eligible for free and reduced meals, 19.2% are enrolled in the ESOL program, and 9.9% receive Special Education services
  • 5. Racial Tensions
    • NBC: Racial Tension Reported At High Point High School
    • “ Tension between black and Hispanic students is a growing problem at one Prince George's County high school.”
    • “ A parent who fears for her child's safety said, "We have the feeling they don't want Hispanic students in this school."
  • 6. Student Thoughts
    • 71.9% disagree that safety rules are generally obeyed by students
    • 70.6% disagree that students and teachers trust and respect each other
    • 46.5% disagree that their parents are aware of what happens at school
  • 7. Uniforms?
  • 8. School Improvement Plan
    • Separate ESOL classes for other courses such as Algebra, LSN Government, Biology, etc.
    • “Exit conferences” for dropouts and Career Exploration classes to discourage dropping out
    • Implementation of a variety of programs to increase safety and decrease tardiness
    • Encouraging increased parent and community involvement
  • 9. A National Problem?
  • 10. The Problems Money Lack of Byzantine system Program and skilled teachers curriculum failures
  • 11. Their Origin
  • 12. A Byzantine System
    • No comprehensive way to track student progress
    • Research and development suffering
    • Huge inequities in finances
    Federalized system leads to:
  • 13.  
  • 14. Prince George’s County Public Schools
  • 15. $8,612 =
  • 16. $7,998 ~
  • 17.  
  • 18. National Education Spending
  • 19. Portion of Federal Budget
  • 20. Graduation Rate from HPHS
  • 21. Per Capita Income Langley Park
  • 22. Taxes
  • 23. Dilemma or
  • 24. Solutions?
  • 25. Solutions
    • Nationalize education
    • Increase funds for education
    • Encourage economically disadvantaged students to remain in school with economic incentive programs
    - scale up research in curricula and development - make financial distribution more equitable