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Wide Disparity Between Columbia and Richmond County School Grades



The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has released its “report card” for school districts across the state for the 2018 - 2019 school year. In the report, Columbia County maintained a B average while Richmond County schools received a solid F grade.

In the breakdown, Columbia County’s ove...

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  1. So sad that RC Schools doing so poorly while taxpayers are pouring major monies into the system. School Board Member Cain is spot on with a focus on the problem:

    Cain says that Richmond County’s failing grades are a community problem. “We have parents that don’t care,” she said. “Our teachers try to reach them all year, but they don’t call back until their child is failing and they wanna cuss us out. If the students and their parents aren’t interested in learning, what are we, as a school board, supposed to do?”

    Congrats to the schools like ARC that are doing great….

  2. I appreciate Doug Herman’s comments. Venus Cain is a concerned and caring representative of our school system; however, insightful policies alone cannot dictate actual performance. Effective education MUST be a balance between professional educators and the community as a whole. As a teacher in Richmond County for many years, I came to the understanding that many children are simply doomed at birth. But, we always tried our best. So it goes!

    • What steps is the RCBOE taking to reach out to, and welcome, parental involvement. My close friend Wayne Frazier has succeeded wherever he was assigned in reaching out to parents, engaging them in the schooling process and helping their kids learn. Top was not a desk-jockey. He led by walking around his schools and the neighborhoods they served including Harrisburg, Barton Village and Meadowbrook. But Wayne is more bold than most.

  3. This is so much more than a community problem. It is nationwide and truly “systemic”. Until there is a dramatic change in the moral fabric of the U.S., urban school districts will continue to fail.
    The family unit has been our structural support system since pre-historic times. In the Bible, Mary did not need Joseph to give birth to Jesus. But she certainly needed Joseph to protect her and the Child from the murderous edict of Herod by leading them to safety in Egypt. And Mary needed Joseph to instruct and encourage this young boy into manhood. The Roman government would never have helped in any way.
    But now, with government as surrogate fathers, generations of children grow up without a moral compass. How can single parents who never worked for and achieved a basic education be expected to teach the value of hard work and sacrifice to their offspring?
    So, what is the solution to this problem? First and foremost would be for our elected to leaders to admit that there is a problem. Too many want to blame these issues on a lack of diversity or systemic racism. But those are only smoke screens. We can start to end this vicious cycle of failure and poverty by improving the Federal entitlement systems first enacted in the 1960’s, which only encourage out-of-wedlock childbirth.

  4. Outstanding and insightful commentary Thomas Hodges. As the late economist Walter Williams wrote about for years, the Great Society of the 1960’s helped destroy two parent families by the government offering generous benefits if no man was in the home. Crime, drugs and high murder rates are the results.

  5. There are inner city schools that are successful educating poor, minority students. One of them is in Harlem (New York City). Nearly 100% of the students go on to college. Has the Richmond County school superintendent or the board studied that school (or any other successful inner city school) to see what they do differently? I’m sure Ms Cain is a fine person but has she been on the board too long? It’s been my experience in business that a fresh set of eyes can see solutions that an “old” set of eyes might not.

  6. First of all, richmond county has four successful schools, DFA, AR Johnson, RCTMS, and CT Walker. All of these are magnet schools. Most of the rest of our zoned schools are a mess, an embarrassment and a FAILURE for our students.
    Everyone can agree our schools need community support, but they need much, much more. Our schools system needs visionary leaders. Leaders who put students first and employees with direct student contact next. Leaders who can put together a school calendar that’s ready before July. (I’ve heard there are some school boards that make calendars that stretch out five years ahead!)
    Leaders who value students over alumni and make their decisions accordingly. Leaders who stop looking at ways to fill buildings and start looking where students live. Busing kids all over Richmond county is dangerous and unnecessary. Leaders who care that we don’t have a single,safe, zoned middle school in Richmond county and change that! We need people who care and are willing support change.
    Step one. We need as many magnet elementary schools as we have interested families. (And anyone who is wondering what I am talking about should ask to visit Walker during the school day. I do not believe students raised in zoned elementary are nearly ready for a magnet high school, I think you have to start students in Kindergarten learning how to behave and complete schoolwork.)
    What Richmond county schools can do without: people who think it is their job is to make excuses or blame someone else.

  7. As an active mother of five children who have attended and two who is still in the Richmond County School System, I can honestly say you should not blame “where” a child lives as the culprit. Can you really say magnet schools are successful if you pluck out the failing grades before you tally averages?

    My humble opinion is the fact that accountability and understanding the value of education are definitely the cause to blame. The hardest part as a young single mother after my divorce, was trying to elevate financially (without govt or cs) AND elevate my children in school. Having to choose between work and holding teachers accountable, so my child doesn’t slip through the cracks. So, behavior, responsibility and time management within my household were at the forefront of the value system.

    Schools that involve or parents who involve themselves in the educational process have better outcomes. Parent involvement holds the system accountable by encouraging and hiring teachers who teach for children to understand versus teachers who are passing children through material testing OR title hopping to make administrative transitions.

    But think how can someone teach about opportunities if they don’t know they exist. We have to bring more people into the educational system who can passionately give back and teach based on practical EXPERIENCE, so the children can see why and how to apply the academic information. This will help the children understand how important it is to come to school to learn versus coming to school to socialize.

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