Texas Leads Way in Giving Students Choice of School Pupils Can Transfer to Where `Kids Really Care about Grades'
1997, The Christian Science Monitor, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Joseph Stewart, a 10th-grader, lives five minutes from Eastern Hills High School, but he would not go there even if you paid him. Gangs rule the hallways of the high school in East Fort Worth, Texas, and dropout rates are high. More than half the students failed statewide achievement tests last year.
Thanks to a Texas school-choice law, Joseph has transferred to a much better high school in nearby Arlington. And under the law, Texas publicizes poor schools.
The change of scenery, he says, has made all the difference.
"Most kids in Arlington really care about their grades and want to go on to college," said the sophomore, who will return to Arlington's Lamar …
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Publication information: Article title: Texas Leads Way in Giving Students Choice of School Pupils Can Transfer to Where `Kids Really Care about Grades'. Contributors: 1997, The Christian Science Monitor - Author. Newspaper title: St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO). Publication date: August 3, 1997. Page number: 12D. © 2008 St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.