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SPECIAL REPORT: Education Deficit - KOAM TV 7

SPECIAL REPORT: Education Deficit

Updated: Thursday October 28, 2010

Ten Southeast Kansas school districts are failing in the federal governments eyes in helping students improve.

In her special report, "Education Deficit", Lisa Olliges looks at the work of consultants helping districts evaluate teachers and curriculum.

It comes at a cost, but is it worth it? And are consultants doing what administrators and principals already should be doing?

The president of the consulting firm says his teams work to improve schools by arming principals with strategies and data to help them make changes.

Part I

Find out why some superintendents are skeptical of the consulting process and what lawmakers say about paying for it.

Watch Part 1 of Education Deficit (aired October 28, 2010 at 6 p.m.)

CORRECTION:  In Part I we said Fredonia schools and Galena schools were "on improvement".  In fact, they are listed "not making AYP" (Adequate Yearly Progress).  Schools are put "on improvement" after they have not made AYP for an amount of time.  Fredonia and Galena schools are not on improvement.  We apologize for the error.

Part II

Plus, a school district struggles for years to meet government standards. We'll look at the changes happening at a school on improvement for seven years and why it will be tougher for all schools next year.

Watch Part 2 of Education Deficit (aired October 28, 2010 at 10 p.m.)

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