Lack of access time
Since we have returned to the six-period day, many of our students do not have time to see teachers for extra help, especially if they are involved in the music or sports.
In this technology generated world, all of our children deserve the education to prepare them in the outside world...whether it be keyboarding, coding, programming or even fixing them.
Focus too much on college prep
Getting rid of metal and woodshop really hurt our district. Not all students will go to a four-year college, so I think it's important to have some trades training classes for our students. My plumber makes way more money than I do - let's help students train for those jobs too.
Lack of time for electives for college bound students
My daughter is in second year Spanish and seventh year of orchestra. She is in Humanities, and is a year ahead in math and science. Her schedule doesn't 't allow her to take any exploratory classes she'd like in the arts, etc. because of heavy requirements like health and Foundations of Innovation.
The focus is TOO MUCH on the state test(s) and not on the skills
State tests have taken away the goals of learning skills to be successful in current and future classes. I hear this phrase way too much: "That's not a 9th grade learning target"...what do we do if they're in a 9th grade class but haven't passed the class before in junior high? They need more help!