Tuesday, June 21, 2016
COUNCIL MEETING THOUGHTS.
Last night’s Council meeting was marked by the celebration of something Plainfield should be proud. For once one of the three High Schools in the Plainfield School System received a Bronze Ranking in the USA News and World Report rankings of nearly 22000 public high schools in the USA
I am referring to PAAS (Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies) which has been recognized as one of 3500 “Bronze Award” High Schools in the USA.
The other two High Schools in the Plainfield District; Plainfield High and .the “Barack Obama Academy for Academic and Civic Developm” (sic) were “unlisted”.as failing to meet criteria.
According to USA News; Best High Schools rankings awards the top 6,517 public high schools with gold, silver and bronze. Of these in New Jersey 31 received Gold awards and 36 Silver.
The Best High Schools rankings identify the country's top-performing public high schools. The goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students – from the highest achieving to the lowest achieving – in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work.
We started out reviewing 28,561 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. That number was reduced to 19,908 schools that were eligible to be ranked. This is the total number of public high schools that had 12th-grade enrollment of 15 or greater or sufficient enrollment in other high school grades during the 2013-2014 school year to be analyzed.
This ranking is a small victory for Plainfield. Almost all the 5 schools that make up the Union County Vocational-Technical School District; 3 are Gold medals, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.
But PAAAS deserves be congratulated this brain child of our notorious ex-superintendent Steve Gallon III. who was present at the Council, and guided from its inception by Principal Angela Bento to a point where 100% of the 2016 class graduated and are college bound, represents a triumph for dedicated educators and students in a system which has constantly undergone mediocracy resulting from personal political agendas of a BOE that reflects in frequent instability in professional school leadership.
One of the discussion items on last night’s agenda was “initiatives in support of at risk Plainfield youth. Unfortunately this was postponed to a future meeting when the Mayor can be present.
Quality education is one of the keystones in alleviating much of the risks.
Let us hope and pray that as the BOE changes this district can reach overall goals that our adjacent communities have obtained.