My family is preparing to move to the New Haven area in the summer. My older son is starting kindergarten. I will be a student, my husband will be job hunting, and money will be tight. But we are still contemplating sending our kids to private school/preschool because of what we've heard about the area schools.
We have been warned away from most New Haven public schools, and even the ones in surrounding communities have gotten mixed reviews. Is public school really that bad? I am led to believe by the reports that it is a horrendous mix of unruly/dangerous students, teachers who have to teach to the NCLB standardized tests and neglect real learning, bad food, Code Red lockdowns and bullets flying in the streets, and smart kids being bored out of their skulls. Is this accurate?