Apparently teaching kids to read and do math is not being done very well by the North Carolina public schools system.
And the state legislature is considering giving up on the public schools to educate children and turning over the responsibility to the community colleges, which, according to statistics, are doing a lot of it anyway.
According to the North Carolina Community College System, in 2013, 52 percent of North Carolina high school graduates that enrolled in a community college were required to take one or more remedial courses. Of that 52 percent, 41 percent needed remedial classes in math and 36 percent in English and writing.
Sen. Chad Barefoot (R-Wake) sponsored a bill to correct this problem. Barefoot said, “In 2013 and 2014, the state did not meet ACT testing benchmarks in English, math, reading, science or writing.”
Rep. John Faircloth (R-High Point) said, “Students needing remedial training is a big problem and has been for a good while. While I have not studied Sen. Barefoot’s bill, I do support legislation that will help improve the situation for our students.”
The bill requires the State Board of Community Colleges and the State Board of Education to partner in a program for the 2016-2017 school year to offer remediation for students prior to high school graduation. Instead of students arriving at community college unprepared in the basics, the community colleges would go to the high schools to offer remedial courses to those students who need them. <Read more.>