Edision students, staff defend high school

October 6, 2009 3:29:47 PM PDT
Edison High school students are coming to the defense of the school's academic reputation. Under national education guidelines, though, the high school didn't improve certain test scores two years in a row.

As a result, the district has to allow students to transfer to JP Stephens High School across town if they want.

Parents received the letter in September, but the superintendent is angry. He said the score results are deceiving because only a handful of kids failed one subject.

"In our special ed population, there were some students who did not pass the language arts piece who weren't even in Edison High School," said John DiMuzio, acting superintendent. "They were at a district placement, but they are covered under Edison High School because that would have been the school that they went to."

DiMuzio said JP Stephens failed in the same area a few years ago, as did many other schools in the state. He says federal education regulations label schools unfairly.

"I don't think Edison High School should be labeled as a failing school, because it isn't," he said. "I don't think the teachers should teach in that sort of atmosphere, nor the student should hear that this should happen."

Several Edison students told us they're gladly staying put.

Students who want to be transferred will get their wish in about 2 weeks, once bus and schedule changes are made.

As parent began to understand what happened, many have had a change of heart.

At first about 80 students were moving. That number later dropped to the sixties and then to 50. Today, 3 more parents have decided to leave their kids at Edison. The district is proud of that downward trend.

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