Dramatic Changes Planned for Lansing High Schools

LANSING - This morning the Lansing School District introduced an 11 point plan to make the district's three high schools to meet Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind Act. Currently, Lansing's high schools are at "Stage 4 " of the No Child Left Behind Act. If the schools were to get to Stage 5, they would be taken over by the state.

There will be no job losses at the schools, but there will be a displacement of teachers. The district will shuffle teachers between the three high schools. The 250 employees at all three high schools will have to re-interview for their positions.

The district also plans an extended school day at Sexton High School for students who need extra help. This plans will be implemented for the 2008-2009 school year.

The 11 points of the plan include:
1. Fundamental reform in building leadership governance
2. Personnel changes in teaching and support staff
3. Strong home-school-community connection, including student progress communication
4. Comprehensive system of prevention and intervention for struggling students
5. High expectations that all students will learn by highly qualified, engaged, and motivated staff
6. A safe and orderly environment
7. Services of reform specialists to coach staff and monitor student achievement and improvement initiatives
8. Personalization of alternative learning opportunities for students
9. Extended Year Learning Community at Sexton High School
10. Transition support for incoming 9th grade students and transfer students
11. Allocation of resources ensuring effective utilization of time, space, money, and personnel focusing on improving student achievement


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