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To Memphis Tennessee will no longer be allowed to -- -- children from pre K.
Through third grade even if the child -- weeks of school or has major trouble doing the work.
This policy switch is not going over well with some parents and students Alexis tutor apparent representative from Memphis city schools and her daughter Gina.
Joining me now -- was held back in kindergarten.
And it's now excelling in the fifth grade good morning to both of you.
So -- just tell me about this new program because it's my understanding then it pre K through third grade to students not doing well.
And even if the parent makes a decision that they would like to hold that student back as you did.
That they are going to be told no that's not an option.
Well the program actually.
Will not allow this school.
To retain this didn't however the hearings can.
-- if she winds that not many parents spend any time on their kids' homework.
Or know anything about what is going on with their kids school because they don't take the time to get involved.
So means a parent I could have retained her under this new policy.
-- -- The school board -- sense that instead of giving her attention.
They will have extra intervention programs.
And last year they started intervention programs -- said they said.
We did not see any extra intervention specialist in our school that -- funded by the city instead.
It seems to have fallen back on any teachers who are already overworked.
And my daughter's -- -- Milan and it's -- overbooked they're more kids that are allowed by state got -- currently.
Right so the way in which this program would work as you explain it is that the teachers would be able to diagnose which kids need more help.
And so they would put them aside and give them that extra help so that they can move on to the next great.
The problem that I think a lot of people have with that is that then are you dumbing down -- say.
The whole classroom as a result your thoughts.
I completely think that's a true statement.
In a classroom where you have kids are a little bit behind in some areas your average slider and -- -- Help -- learn that it sells in many areas if you have to stop.
And work hard with a child or several children are way behind.
There's other kids who are at grade level or -- may -- advanced will suffer because -- teachers spending so much time.
On the kids -- should be learning these things -- grades again.
Right here's what the deputy superintendent in Memphis.
Had to say about this if you hold them back and do exactly the same things you did the prior year you're going to get the same outcome.
All the data all the research says any child retaining grade does not graduate.
I guess you disagree with that Alexis would you not and may be geno would like to weigh in on this.
Because you did decide to hold her back in kindergarten and now Gina urine accelerated classes in the fifth grade right.
She she's doing very well on her state tasks she sorted they -- every cent jets now -- if she went.
It's that they deputy superintendent statement.
All their research also says that if you don't have a child reading at grade level by the end of the third grade eight.
-- challenges are enormous and it is very difficult for them tech ever cat -- right center theory being that if you hold them back early on.
That they have a chance later in life comes close to six parade where they can't read and -- they're just gonna go through the system.
Right it's interesting to note that I believe from fourth or sixth grade teachers can only fail a child wants.
After that it's -- -- -- it is very into anything doing the very interesting debate and that some people would argue that it's the path to mediocrity.
-- tutor and -- tutor thanks so much for being my cats.
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