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Published: Wednesday, April 24 2013 6:20 p.m. MDT

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Wastintime
Los Angeles, CA

Wow... what impressive rankings Utah! Eleven high schools in the top 2,000 (versus 457 in the top 2,000 for lowly California). And with your homogenous population that supposedly values education. Perhaps it's time to get your house in order.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

What is the percentage of the students at InTech Collegiate High Charter School that are sons and daughters of professors or employees at Utah State University? When we lived in Mississippi and Illinois, higher end people went to private schools, which can be good for their children, maybe. Public schools need a balance of students from a variety of sources. What happens with parochial, charter or private schools is that the higher end students are gone from the public school system. In time or over time, teachers and students don't have the same caliber of the overall student field. The quality of both goes down because the higher end teachers go to the place where more money is or the standards are potentially lower for meeting entry level teachers. People complain about tenure in districts and states. However, business manager type qualifications don't necessarily make a principal in a field of education. Districts have that expertise and provide business plans with people in those areas with qualifications to meet the plan. Our state legislature and governor try to defeat the educational system with bills every session that thwart educational excellence for the public schools and public administration.

InTech_Collegiate_Principal
North Logan, UT

@JWB: Thx for your question. Only about 8% of InTech Collegiate seniors are professors' children. As to our balance of students: 34% of our students come from low-income backgrounds, 25% from minority backgrounds, 12% qualify for Special Education. Analysis shows this to be statistically similar to Cache Valley area schools. So in short: ICHS does not cream.

ICHS does not contract with a charter management company (although contracting with one does not make a charter school private). I personally however hold advanced degrees in both Business Management and Education. ICHS is a public school and I am a public administrator. So in short: ICHS is public.

ICHS, along with the other early college high schools in the state, exist not to thwart educational excellence, but in fact, our mission is to "Expand the base of talent entering college and STEM careers by providing 1) outreach to groups traditionally under-represented in college and STEM, 2)STEM focused programs, 3) Early College opportunities". So in short: ICHS aims for, and in many regards, is achieving excellence as a public school.

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