Parents Confident in LSD Despite Low Grades

Despite a poor performance on the state's new Accountability Scorecard, Lansing School District Superintendent Yvonne Caanal Camul says things are beginning to turn around.

"Some of our schools, especially at the elementary and pre-k grades, actually have no more room," she said. "We have no room for choice applications."

Caanal Camul says she's even talked to several students who are coming back to LSD. Both are signals, she says, that the LSD's reputation is improving.

Only four LSD schools were rated above the yellow tier on Michigan's new Accountability Scorecard, unveiled in August. The scale has five colors. Green is the highest, red is the lowest and yellow falls in the middle. Each Lansing high school is listed as a "priority school," meaning its performance falls in the bottom five percent of schools statewide.

Parents at Pattengill Middle School Tuesday seemed more worried about their individual children than the district's overall performance.

"It's concerning, it's definitely concerning," said Vicki Anthony, a parent of three. "Fortunately, our kids don't fall into that. They do very well."

Anthony says both her grade-school-aged kids have had excellent experiences with their schools and their teachers. She says her youngest, who starts preschool next week, will attend an LSD school.

Nicole Minor said her kids also excel in the district.

"My kids are in the Chinese Immersion Program," she said," and they love the program and they're learning. They're doing a great job with that program especially. So no, I'm not worried at all.

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