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  • Ralph Bedwell
    Kevin, If a student can t pass the CAHSEE, is there reason to believe they would be able to pass the GED test? It s my understanding that the two tests cover
    Message 1 of 6 , Jun 27, 2007
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      Kevin,

      If a student can't pass the CAHSEE, is there reason to believe they
      would be able to pass the GED test? It's my understanding that the
      two tests cover roughly the same skills.

      Ralph

      --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, "Kevin Rivard" <kfrivard@...> wrote:
      >
      > If the GED is more relevant to a student as far as what they have
      learned in
      > school and therefore might be easier to pass or there might be better
      > material available for the student to study and pass the GED, then
      here is
      > how those students that are not passing the CASEE to make sure the
      schools
      > figure out a way to have the students prepared to pass the exit exam
      and or
      > participate in the graduation ceremony.
      >
      > I graduated from Albany High. Back in '70's those of us who did not
      march to
      > the traditional drummer figured out that if we doubled up in 9th,
      10th and
      > 11th grades on our, required for graduation credits, and took 7
      periods a
      > year for those three years we could graduate as Juniors. The year I
      > graduated more than 30 kids were taking advantage of the loop hole.
      The next
      > year more than that number were going to be eligible. The school board
      > fearing ADA loss, in the Senior year, quickly moved to increase the
      credits
      > needed to graduate closing that loop hole.
      >
      > If the students in this district were to put on a full court press
      to pass
      > the GED and leave school in the 11th grade or sooner that would hit the
      > district in the pocket book and the district would have to do
      something to
      > keep the kids from exiting early thus the district would loss ADA.
      >
      > As long as the district does not see real dollar loss they will not
      > capitulate.
      >
      > Kevin
      >
      >
      > >From: "Ralph Bedwell" <bedwellr@...>
      > >Reply-To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
      > >To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
      > >Subject: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fwd: [Fwd: FW: Press Release Richmond
      Parents
      > >Continue to Speak Out on the E
      > >Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 02:59:33 -0000
      > >
      > >One point in the sfgate article seems a bit misleading. She writes:
      > >
      > >"(A) certificate of completion ... does indicate, however, that a
      > >student has finished his/her high school curriculum, and he/she is
      > >eligible to enter a community college or take the GED test, which, if
      > >passed, is equivalent to a high school diploma."
      > >
      > >I'm pretty sure that anyone 18+ years old can enroll in a California
      > >community college and that anyone who left high school without a
      > >diploma can take the GED test.
      > >
      > >Ralph
      > >
      > >--- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, "Charley Cowens"
      > ><charley.cowens@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Thanks! I had just blogged on that. I didn't realize these things
      > >were out
      > > > there. I found a URL for the Chronicle opinion piece:
      > > >
      > > >
      >
      >http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2007/06/20/EDGKOP3GHS1.DTL
      > > >
      > > > Any idea how to link to the West County Times piece?
      > > >
      > > > Charley Cowens
      > > >
      > > > On 6/23/07, Tony Sustak <mtsustak@> wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > See the San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, June 24,
      > >commentary/article,
      > > > > "An
      > > > > Award for Completing School," by Sheila Jordan, Superintendent to
      > > > > Instruction in Alameda. Jordan, begins her commentary by saying,
      > >"It does
      > > > > not make sense for thousands of high school seniors who have
      > >completed all
      > > > >
      > > > > their coursework to be treated the same as dropouts this
      graduation
      > > > > season."
      > > > > She continues on to make the case for allowing Certification of
      > >Completion
      > > > > recipients to participate in graduate exercises. I think that the
      > >actions
      > > > > of
      > > > > the school board members who voted to exclude the certificate
      students
      > > > > from
      > > > > graduation are despicable, mean-spirited. and disrespectful of our
      > > > > communities. There was also an editorial in the West County
      Times that
      > > > > questioned the board's "harsh" actions.
      > > > >
      > > > > Margaret Browne
      > > > >
      > > > > _____
      > > > >
      > > > > From: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com [mailto:
      > >wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com] On
      > > > > Behalf Of Charley Cowens
      > > > > Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 10:40 PM
      > > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
      > > > > Subject: [wccusdtalk] Fwd: [Fwd: FW: Press Release Richmond
      Parents
      > > > > Continue
      > > > > to Speak Out on the Exit Exam on Graduation Day]
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > FYI
      > > > >
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      > > > > *June 12^th , 2007*
      > > > >
      > > > > FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      > > > >
      > > > > Contact:
      > > > >
      > > > > Linda Salinas (Richmond High Site Organizer) (213) 479-8854
      > > > >
      > > > > Sagnicthe Salazar (Youth Organizer) (510)
      > > > > 812-1426
      > > > >
      > > > > Website: www.youthtogether.net <http://www.youthtog
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      > > > >
      > > > > *Richmond** parents continue to speak out on the exit exam on
      > >graduation
      > > > > day*
      > > > >
      > > > > */Students and Parents vow to continue fighting the exit exam as
      > >long as
      > > > > it takes, starting at Richmond High's Graduation/*
      > > > >
      > > > > [Wednesday, June 13^th , RICHMOND] West Contra Costa students,
      > >parents,
      > > > > teachers, counselors and community members picket in front of
      Richmond
      > > > > High School's graduation. Last week, the School Board
      disregarded the
      > > > > parent and student petition to let all seniors walk the stage.
      Seniors
      > > > > who have not passed CAHSEE will not participate in the graduation
      > > > > ceremonies regardless of all other completed requirements.
      "The School
      > > > > Board is punishing students for the failures of the District. We
      > >do not
      > > > > believe the approach the School Board is taking is appropriate or
      > >just",
      > > > > says Martha Figueroa, a Richmond High Parent.
      > > > >
      > > > > Board member Karen Pfeiffer requested a private meeting with the
      > >seniors
      > > > > at Richmond High before the controversial school board meeting
      last
      > > > > week. In that meeting she disclosed that not letting student's
      > >walk the
      > > > > stage to receive their Certificate of Completion is a way to
      > >punish the
      > > > > teachers for not teaching them the material on the test.
      Parents are
      > > > > upset with Pfieffer's attack on the teachers, and believe she is
      > >trying
      > > > > to divide teachers, students, and parents united on the exit exam
      > > > > stance. Parents hold the line that denying students the right
      to walk
      > > > > the stage is going beyond the law, and punishing an entire
      community.
      > > > > "The CAHSEE is pushing too many of our students out of school
      and into
      > > > > the streets. Many of the families that are being left out of this
      > > > > celebration, are families where there is limited education,
      the School
      > > > > Board is stealing this Celebration and not acknowledging the work
      > > > > students have done", adds Figueroa.
      > > > >
      > > > > Last year Richmond High enrolled 343 seniors. This year the
      number of
      > > > > seniors has dropped to 284, of theseonly 222 will be receiving a
      > > > > diploma. In March, 110 seniors took the Exit Exam, of those
      only 18
      > > > > passed the exam. This year there will be at least 35 students that
      > >will
      > > > > not participate in the graduation ceremony, solely due to the exit
      > >exam.
      > > > >
      > > > > Richmond parents, teachers, and students picket graduation
      ceremonies:
      > > > >
      > > > > DATE: Wednesday, June 13th
      > > > >
      > > > > TIME: Rally at 6:30pm
      > > > >
      > > > > LOCATION: Richmond Auditorium
      > > > >
      > > > > 403 Civic Center Plaza
      > > > >
      > > > > Richmond, CA 94804
      > > > >
      > > > > Corner of Nevin and Civic Center Plaza
      > > > >
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