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Plymouth-Canton OKs Student Transfers From Northville

Plymouth-Canton to accept transfers from focus schools, adult special education.

will now accept transfers from students under two new measures approved Tuesday by the Plymouth-Canton Board of Education.

Michigan now allows students from state-designated “focus schools” to transfer to other schools in the same district. However, because both and middle schools in Northville were designated as focus schools, the students were able to transfer to an adjacent district.

Focus schools are as schools with wide achievement gaps on the Michigan Merit Exam between the top and bottom 30 percent of students.

The Plymouth-Canton board voted Tuesday to allow these students to transfer to in Plymouth.

To date, Superintendent Jeremy Hughes said, three students had intended on transferring into the Plymouth-Canton district.

A fledgling special education program for adults ages 18-26—Growing Our Achievement for Life Success, or GOALS—was created at Plymouth-Canton to teach life skills to adults with special needs. According to Plymouth-Canton Superintendent Jeremy Hughes, Northville didn’t have enough students for its own program, so students will transfer to Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, where they will use the former facility.

Joslyn Clark, a special education instructor at Plymouth-Canton, said Tuesday the program helps teach business, social and life skills to help adults with special needs hold jobs or volunteer their time.

The arrangement will bring five students from Northville, who will join 17 registered Plymouth-Canton students.

Northville Public Schools will provide transportation arrangements for the transferred students. 

CG September 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM
I will admit I am not fimiliar with the scores from these two schools, however the state is targeting schools, "focus schools" for doing their job too well. I am with a school system that has three schools labeled "focus schools", because of the achievment gap. However, these schools are our very top schools. All the parents want to be at that school. You are going to have some kids not at the top, but I rather have a whole bunch of kids at the top and a few on the bottom and non in the middle. AGAIN, I don't know Meads Mill and Hillsides scores! Parents won't switch.
John McKay September 13, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I linked it out from the article, too, CG, but here is a story about the Northville focus schools: http://patch.com/A-wGZy
K. Sose September 13, 2012 at 10:37 PM
The focus schools thing is a joke. Meads Mill took first place in the Michigan science olympiad state tournament and seventh in the national tournament. East Middle school in Plymouth is home to the talented and gifted program which has students that consistently score in the 99th percentile on standardized tests. Yet both of these schools must now jump through hoops and state bureaucracy put into place by a place by republicans who claim they support local control.

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