Updates from Frederick Smith, former Detroiter living in Los Angeles, and author of Down For Whatever (July2005) and Right Side of the Wrong Bed (December 2007).
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Crenshaw H.S. Loses Accreditation
Crenshaw High School, the only high school with a majority black/African American student population in L.A., lost its accreditation this week. What that means, basically, is that diplomas from Crenshaw are worthless as of Monday. Some of the findings of the accreditation board (WASC) include information about attendance, student conduct, and the test scores. Teachers at the school say the report is grossly misrepresented and that they have been addressing needs noted in past reports.
I don't know what to believe. But I think it's sad about what's happening at Crenshaw. I received my K - 12 education at public schools in Detroit. I feel like I got a great education that prepared me for academic life in undergrad and grad school. Some say a good education at public schools in inner cities is no longer a reality. Is that true? Or just a gross exaggeration? Or part of the overall campaign to move private corporations, religious organizations, and the school voucher thingy into our public schools? Gotta put my thinking cap on for this one.
On another related note, some friends and I were curious about graduation rates at various colleges, high schools, etc... We went to this site for the information. Statistics don't always give the full context of what's happening, but sometimes they're interesting to look at.
Are similar public school concerns taking place where you live? fs