HUDSON, Texas (AP) For years, school districts across Texas have tried to get rid of students who couldn’t meet their needs.
Now, with the number of children enrolled in Houston schools surging, some districts are considering scrapping the “one-fits all” approach to enrollments.
It could lead to more children going to private schools, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Hudson School District is considering scraving the “One-fits All” model in the wake of its enrollment surge.
The district has nearly 5,000 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
The district has about 1,600 students enrolled in ninth through 12th grade.
HUdson Superintendent Robert Jones said the district’s enrollment has gone up about 10% this school year compared to last year.
It’s a combination of a mix of students in charter schools and families with a lot of children.HUdsons enrollment is growing by about 4,000 a year.
The school district has around 1,100 students in fifth through 12.
It has 1,300 in ninth grade and more than 900 in eighth grade, Jones said.
“We’re seeing that there are some kids that are struggling and need to be in school,” Jones said, adding that there is room for more students in the school system if the district could find more homes for them.HUDSON is one of several school districts in Texas to try a “one or two-size fits all” model for their enrollment.
Schools in other Texas counties have also come to the same conclusion.
The “one size fits all model” was designed to reduce the number and mix of kids who need special education services.
It was the model for some public schools in North Carolina.
The U.S. Department of Education has said there are no data to show the model makes schools better or more effective.
But there is evidence that “one fit all” schools can help reduce the size and mix in their classrooms.
In a 2016 report from the National Center for Education Statistics, the U.K.-based charity the Education Commission found that in public schools, schools with more students with special needs and disabilities fared the best.