Monday, January 22, 2007

Davis School District: Stacking The Deck

Randy Smith, who speaks for, has a good point.

Davis County School District has adjusted the population of certain schools in the County in order to get federal grant dollars. It would seem that this is not simply an oversight by the district, but an intentional way to get extra money from the federal government. The district drew boundary lines that drew students away from underpopulated schools, sending them to schools that now exceed 1,000 students.

Schools exceeding 1,000 students become eligible from grant dollars under "No Child Left Behind". These are called "Smaller Learning Communities" grants.

For example, Davis High school has 400 open seats with students only a couple of miles away busing to Viewmont. Viewmont is three times further from these these student than Davis High.