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  1. 1. THE PAWTUCKET,RI SCHOOLSYSTEMBy Amanda Bucci, LeahCorredora, and Christian Gill
  2. 2. CULTURE 47.4 % of populants are males 52.6% of populants are females Median HOUSEHOLD income in 2009: $39,615 Median RI HOUSEHOLD income in 2009: $54, 119
  3. 3. RACE
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. UNEMPLOYMENTIn 2011, the unemploymentrate is 12.1 dsfThe US unemploymentrate in 2011 is
  6. 6. CRIME Crime is avid in the City of Pawtucket
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. COMPARED TO RIsdf
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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.
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 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”
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. WORKS CITED (DO THIS LATER) 10%20DiYB%20Press%20Release_FINAL.pdf