How can Illinois Public Schools eliminate the need for school vouchers?

The alternative of school vouchers is becoming a reality for many tradition schools districts. This new alternative will force schools to transform their everyday business unless they provide solutions that will help keep students in their schools. Since the school voucher program will focus on students who achieve the less, schools can eliminate the need for should vouchers by eliminating any perception of racism.

According to the article, Research & Commentary: School Vouchers would Help Illinois Children, the Illinois General Assembly has introduced a school voucher program for low-performing schools. Students can qualify for the program if they attend a school ranked in the lowest-performing 10 percent of the schools in its school district.

This proposed voucher program would cover either the lesser of the full cost of tuition and fees at a private school or the amount of the state’s foundation level for general state aid funding ($6,119 in fiscal year 2015–16) for students with household incomes below three times the federal poverty level. For students with household incomes up to four times the federal poverty level, the voucher would amount to 50 percent of Illinois’ foundation level. Students whose family’s household income exceeds four times the federal poverty level would receive a “flat grant” based on general state aid level for the school district, which is determined by the available local resources per pupil for the district as well as the district’s average daily attendance figures.

Illinois Public Schools have a challenge with educating students. Only 37 percent of Illinois 4th graders and 32 percent of 8th graders tested “proficient” in math on the 2015 National Association of Education Progress (NAEP) test, also known as the “Nation’s Report Card.” Only 35 percent of 4th graders and 8th graders tested proficient in reading. These results show Illinois’ public school system is failing to educate roughly six out of 10 4th grade and 8th grade students to a proficient level in reading and mathematics.

One of the areas in Illinois that has the lowest performing schools is in Chicago. Chicago Public Schools student demographics reveal that the majority of the students are Black and Hispanic. Black and Hispanic students have perceptions that can foster a low performing school climate due to the perception of racism.

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What are the perceptions of Black and Hispanic students that can contribute to the need of a school voucher program?

When incorporating students into a marginalized society by slavery, conquest, and colonization, students believe school is detrimental to their identity. Indians, Hispanics, and Blacks share the same travesty of being brought the United States society against their will and then relegated to subordinate status. Blacks and Hispanics are caste-like immigrants who were involuntarily incorporated into the United States. Involuntary minorities are not willing to perform well in school due to difficulty with crossing cultural lines.

Student perceptions and feelings regarding teachers influence student achievement which can become a primary need for a school voucher program. Students do better in school when they believe getting a good education will increase their chances for success. Students who perceive that teachers have favorable feelings toward them have higher achievement levels when teachers have positive views toward them. Children who have positive feelings regarding teachers have higher achievement levels.

Black parents have developed a process for overcoming the challenges associated with the perception of racism in schools. Black parents prepare their children to live in a dual cultural world that involves helping them to develop skills for adult roles such as wage earners and parenthood in addition to negotiating a dominant society that has different cultural values and judges people by their skin color or ethnic background. Blacks who live in an urban society and a society that dislikes them for the color of their skin ensure they do not become victims by approaching people with caution, wariness, and a sense of distrust.

It is the perception of racism that continues to contribute to the need for a school voucher program. School will continue to loose students at the request of the parents. Parents will now have the option to place their children in alternative programming such as a school voucher program unless school make a concentrated effort to promote positive racial teacher student classroom relationships.

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All the best,

Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
www.positiveracialrelationships.com
PO Box 4707 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

         
Author of Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships and Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships: Methodology

The Raccelerate Phenomenon

Treasures of Hidden Racism in Education

 

              

 

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~ Joe Vas ~ Perth Amboy Mayor


“Dr. Campbell’s Cultural Relationship Training Program is comprehensive, informative, and should be required training for all schools”

~ Darrell Pope ~ Hutchinson Kansas NAACP President

 

 

 

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About Classroom Racism Exterminator

Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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