Stop warehousing SINOs (Students in Name Only) who don’t go to class and make no progress toward a diploma, writes Marc Epstein, a high school dean, in the New York Post.
Dropouts are now called “pushouts,” implying that our schools are unfairly pushing kids out the door. Lawsuits and consent decrees have made it all but impossible for guidance counselors to suggest that a 19-year-old with only a handful of credits has no chance of completing graduation requirements at their current rate of progress.
Anti-truancy programs get students in the building, where “a staff of school-safety agents and deans try to get them to go to class and prevent them from committing crimes and making mischief.”
There aren’t enough places in vocational programs that might motivate these students and qualify them for a trade, he writes.