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A Team 4 hidden camera investigation exposed a system that allows disruptive students to get the same diploma as other children, even though they only have to put in half the number of hours. Many of the schools they attend are run by private non-profits that are not required to have certified teachers. The students only have to spend 15 hours a week in the classroom, which is about half as much as regular students. And when it's time to graduate, they get a diploma from their home high school, just like other students.
In this series the Houston Press looks at how the Houston Independent School district has provided at-risk students with a single disciplinary option: 180 days at a Community Education Partners facility. These facilities, run privately and for profit, have a $17.9 contract guaranteeing them a 2,500 student enrollment. Students do their work on computer terminals without instruction by certified teachers and often grade each other's papers. The environment, which is designed for disruptive kids functioning below grade level, is like a millstone for kids who work at or above their grade level, who have perhaps committed a single, minor infraction.