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How to evaluate a public school

10 steps to take before you enroll your child

by Lylah M. Alphonse  |  5945 views  |  1 comment  |    Rate this now! 

8.) Read up on local news. Check out the coverage of the school district in local newspapers, and be sure to take a look at the letters to the editor for feedback on what the locals are really saying.

9.) Consider your child's current and possible future needs. Does your child need any special services? How established are the ones offered by the school district? Are there new ones being considered, or any that have recently been eliminated? If services for your child are eliminated, will the state help you secure those services in a private or parochial school instead?

10.) Look for red flags. Districts often save money by cutting arts and music programs, or by increasing the fees for participation in sports. If class sizes are increasing while town populations are staying the same, that could signal a problem with school resources.

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Lylah M. Alphonse is a journalist, blogger, and mom and stepmom to five kids. She is a Senior Editor at Yahoo! Shine, writes about juggling full-time career and parenthood at The 36-Hour Day here at Work It, Mom!, and blogs about everything else at Follow her on Twitter: @WriteEditRepeat.

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  • Class size increases can also indicate trouble with state budget processes. That's the problem in my state; inequitable funding is making it impossible to increase our budget to cover inflation. Increasing class sizes, hiring fewer teachers, is the only option left.
    Yes, I'm a public school teacher. I like your list! Visiting the school in session is a great way to sense the school climate.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Daisy on 14th April 2009