Lack of access to teachers outside of school day
The loss of access time, with no attempts to replace it, is difficult. When students who are really struggling depend on the school bus and/or public transportation to come and go from school, they cannot get here early and cannot stay late. It creates a social justice issue for access.
Creative credit recovery opportunities for students
Core 24 will create a hardship for failing students as early as their freshman year; failing one class will put a student off-track for graduation. A systemic process needs to be implemented ASAP to help kids before they are in credit deficit.
The old classes from the 80s should be brought back. For instance, typing classes, home economics, auto mechanics, metal shop/welding, wood shop to name a few. Some students may only want to take one class, not three classes of these subjects. Students should be encouraged to take multiple formats of classes.
Lack of guidance in choosing classes
Because it is a large school, kids can get lost in the shuffle and their guidance counselors are too busy to really dig in and help them. There are good choices in classes, but hard to connect the dots for kids that are not as adept at being their own advocates.
I'm worried that we spend too much time preparing for standardized tests
teaching our kids to take tests well, versus teaching them. I feel it has provided stress among students, along with confusion, and is shortsighted.