A question...can all the schools referenced in this quote... "But children from poor households can succeed, as innovative schools around the country have already shown. One of those schools is Washington, D.C.’s SEED Public Charter School, a boarding school built in 1998 in a down-at-the-hills, crime-scarred neighborhood on the southeast side. According to its founders, more than 90 percent of its graduates go on to college. Another is Atlanta’s private Ron Clark Academy, which came to national attention when a group of its students performed during Obama’s inauguration. While its student body encompasses varied socio-economic backgrounds, half of its students come from homes earning less than $28,000 a year, according to Clark, the founder. Yet, Clark says, test scores are “through the roof.” What do those schools have in common? Teachers and administrators are convinced the children can learn. “The more we expect of kids, the more they achieve,” Clark said." ...pick and choose their students? Can they dismiss them if they are disruptive, unmotivated, often absent, or get poor grades? I believe that it is so, though I haven't taken the time to prove it yet. And if it is so, then we need to be able to do this in our schools, too, and then we could have a much higher degree of "success" in our schools, too. It isn't as much the income level as the behavioral expectations. And if the administration and boards and governmental agancies would support us in making sure we had classrooms where teaching and learning could take place, without disruptions (including that there would be immediate consequences for disruptions, including dismissal) then we could have higher scores, too.