POVERTY 73% of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program On average, 40% of the students in RI receive reduced-price lunch Every Pawtucket Public School provides free breakfast to every student
UNEMPLOYMENTIn 2011, the unemploymentrate is 12.1 dsfThe US unemploymentrate in 2011 is
COMPARED TO RI Median house value below state average Black race population percentage significantly above state average Hispanic race population percentage above state average Median age above state average Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average Renting percentage above state average Number of rooms per house below state average House age significantly above state average Percentage of population with a bachelors degree or higher below state average
COMMUNITY Transient community Come to Pawtucket for 2 reasons: To make money to send to home country (main goal) Understand the welfare system and get on welfare Friends from Pawtucket coach them on how to get on welfare Able to live comfortably Most immigrants from: South America Central America The Carribbean Puerto Rico A part of the United States People can come and go as they please
FAMILY Family is there to make money Priorities for their children consist of: Watching their siblings (after school or while they are at work) Working after school and contributing to the family income
MISSING SCHOOL Children miss school for a number of different reasons: Watching their siblings Work Gang relations Bullies Since there exist so many cultures in school, people are prideful of their ethnicities. This causes tension and violence.
GRADUATION AND DROP OUTRATE Two high schools in the community: Tolman High School (where my father taught for over 30 years) Shea High School During the 2008-2009 school year, the graduation rate was only 55% A 2% decrease from the year before 2nd Lowest graduation rate in the state, behind Central Falls Only 41% of the senior class took the SATs in 2010 21% of high school students dropped out between freshmen and senior year
NECAP TESTING – 11TH GRADE In the 2010-2011 academic school year 17% scored at least proficient in math 33% scored at least proficient in writing 59% scored at least proficient in reading
MAIN PROBLEMS How do you measure the success of the school if people are always coming and going? Child could only stay in the system for one semester How do you know your system is efficient? Children are always missing school Many of the children speak little to no English Many of the children were not educated in the US when they were young
TIDES FAMILY SERVICES A school for troubled youth or “high-risk” children Many are sent here through the court May have gotten in trouble with the law and are sent here Came from training school Many are not able to attend the regular high school due to their disruptive behavior “Tides Family Services provides a vast array of programs devoted to maintaining high-risk youth in the community by supporting and strengthening families and helping youth remain in school. Our mission is to provide every youth with proper support from parents and caregivers. We never reject a youth or family. We never give up on a kid…Never! To accomplish our mission, Tides has developed a broad spectrum of family services called the Preserving Families Network (PFN”
PROBLEMS WITH TIDES I volunteered at Tides and became “friends” with the students there. My cousin also attended Tides. Through my experience, some major problems stuck out Although in a different, friendly environment, many students did not attend school everyday. They missed school due to: Work Pregnancy Taking care of siblings Other family issues
PROBLEMS WITH TIDES I was able to sit in many of their classroom lessons Students were not eager to learn the material Students were disruptive Students were only trying to get by
WORKS CITED (DO THIS LATER) http://www.faithfulcitizenship.org/all/family_guide http://www.city-data.com/city/Pawtucket-Rhode-Island.html http://www.rikidscount.org/matriarch/documents/Pawtucket%2020 10%20DiYB%20Press%20Release_FINAL.pdf http://www.greatschools.org/cgi-bin/ri/district-profile/27 http://www.cpsed.net/bainhome/teacher_resource.htm
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