The first school to try the new, controversial, Innovative School District program, has failed. It was incapable of meeting academic growth and experienced a drop in the percentage of students passing the state exam. Now in contrast, those schools which stayed under local school district control have experienced higher grades.
And yet, proponents of this program claim that “it will take time to make meaningful change.” Furthermore, board member, Amy White, asserts that this failure is an “opportunity for improvement, for advancement, for the betterment of the students.”
The Innovative School District program was created by Republican leadership to take low-performing elementary schools, turn them over to an outside group and help raise achievement.
Responding to this failure, White stated, “We’d like the opportunity for this to be successful and we need the chance to go back to the drawing board and get it right.” Additionally, superintendent of Innovative School District program, James Ellerbe, asserts that the failure is “about the implementation of support to [the school in question]”.
My question is plainly this, when public education had schools that were identified as ‘low-performing’, where was the understanding that it was an “opportunity for improvement, for advancement, for the betterment of the students?” Why didn’t Republican leadership acknowledge that, “it will take time to make meaningful change”? Why weren’t they given every effort to create the “opportunity for [their low-performance] to be successful and [most importantly] given the chance to go back to the drawing board and get it right”? At the forefront of our thought, however, we should take to task Republican leadership’s failure regarding “the implementation of support to [public schools]”.