Word: 'Genious'

A report published April 1 by Editorial Projects In Education Research Center says Atlanta high school graduation rate is just 46 percent. Beverly Hall, superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, faults the report for using old data.

“Atlanta public schools was the only urban system that since 2003 has shown progress in every grade and every subject tested.”

-Hall, speaking to Public Broadcasting Atlanta on April 1. She says the 2007 graduation rate was 68.3 percent.

“In the lower grades, our schools continue to place all students, from the genious to the borderline retard, in a single classroom and then commence to teach to the lowest commom denominator.

Bottom line, if you want to fix the high dropout percentage, you have to fix the elementary schools.”

-“Lee”, commenting April 2 on the AJC.com education blog, Get Schooled.