Mayoral takeover of Atlanta Public Schools? Bad idea.

This is a bad idea.

I just don’t think that the leadership of the city of Atlanta is ready to assume control of the city school system. The city itself, like every municipality in the state, is struggling with funding. The effort to revive downtown is still ongoing. There are neighborhoods that need stabilization and revitalization.

Instead, hire a good superintendent to lead the troubled system. Keep the good principals in place. Get rid of the bad ones. Let those principals run their own show — see Baltimore’s success as a blueprint. Maintain the pressure on the school board, which has a few members who seem to be using it as a stepping stone for higher profile and higher office.

And keep the focus every day on what is best for the students of APS.

Here is an excerpt from the AJC news story. What do you think of the idea?

Although it is not officially on the table – that would take legislative action – there are formulating opinions that Atlanta should follow in the footsteps of places like New York City, Washington, D.C., and Cleveland and allow the mayor office to assume control of the school system.

“The mayor does believe that it is simply untenable to be in a situation where we are at the risk of losing accreditation,” Aman said. “It is also untenable, as he said last week, for there to be so much instability on the board so that a simple majority can remove the chair. He personally finds that unacceptable, to have the policies as such that the school board can fire a superintendent on one vote flipping. That leads to a grossly unstable school system.”

Reed, who was in Washington on Wednesday, has not stated publicly or specifically that he wanted the city to take over the schools. But Councilman Michael Julian Bond has been calling for a takeover for months.

“If we don’t address this issue, we are basically whistling ‘Dixie.’ It is going to continue to impact the quality of life and people are going to continue not to move here,” Bond said. “It may not look like New York. It shouldn’t look like D.C., but there are 30 other cities that have gone in this direction and I really think we ought to start having this conversation.”

But veteran council member C.T. Martin questioned whether the city has the skills and talents to take over such an operation a school system.

“We ought to focus on what is in our ballpark. We still have a dirty city. We still have infrastructure problems,” Martin said. “Those who want to run schools, go run them. … I think we are too busy. I am not sure we should be focusing on this in 2011, as much as getting our city in good shape.”

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog.

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Double Zero Eight

January 27th, 2011
9:47 am

The mayor and the City of Atlanta may
not have any other choice. There is no
magic wand, and time is running out to
turn the ship around.

Dr NO

January 27th, 2011
9:55 am

How would the takeover by Mayor Reed be any better/different. Admittedly “Bev and Company” have run and will continue to run anything they touch into the ditch.

How Mayor Reed would change/improve things? On the other hand how could Mayor Reed possibly do any worse?

With regard to “getting our city in good shape”…LOL..lotsa luck.

Ringold

January 27th, 2011
10:03 am

I believe the city taking over the public school system would be a travesty. I agree with C.T marin, that the City and the Council have too much other serious things to do on aa daily basis than to directly address the multiplicity of problems associated with the school system. What we need is good organized people to run for office on the who care about school children to run for office on the Board. People who have been involved and held office on local and regional PTA’s and etc. It appears these type of individuals should run for board. In fact, I believe that it should be a criteria for those looking to run for the Board to be affiliated, associated, and held office with educational groups like the PTA’s. These individuals appear to have a vested interest in the education of our children. The City of Atlanta need to stay out of the education game. “They have bigge fishes to fry!”

mad russian

January 27th, 2011
10:16 am

Have we absolutely lost our minds. Letting the city “takeover” the schools is the last thing that we need. Schools are slowly being privatized by allowing corporate donors to influence how our children should be taught just because they donate tons of money. Education is not about creating and preparing a potential workforce, it’s about developing citizenship. Citizens are more productive in society than simple workers. By the way, most of those funds go to consultants that have little or no experience in public education and the rest goes to waste. I’m a teacher and have never seen any benefit from these “fantastic” donations. Beverly Hall, her cabinet, and the school board dropped the ball by trying to ignore or hide what was really occurring but now the public is pandering to the sensationalism of the press. Stick to the facts of what has occurred, not make wild assumptions and plans because one thing went wrong. It’s bad enough they want to provide teacher report cards based solely upon test scores that don’t take into effect a child’s economic status, their learning needs, disabilities, etc. Last time I checked, we’re not given report cards on judges, police officers, firefighters, and doctors so why always pick on the public school teachers?

The critics that will no doubt come on here to point fingers because it’s easy to talk about something about which you have little or no information. They say that private/charter schools are better? The studies show little to no difference between public education and private/charter schools. The only difference is that they have the power of choice and can shift “undesirable” students out of their populations. I put undesirable in quotes because we know that means minorities, immigrants, and special needs students.

Read the works of Diane Ravitch to learn what is really happening in public education and how the numbers are being inflated on both sides of the argument. We should stop attacking everyone and provide the simple thing that our students need; support and advocacy. The more we become divided by the pundits and sensationalists the closer we come to letting them use public education to reinforce a system of class.

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/nov/11/myth-charter-schools/

Think for yourselves and get as much information as possible.

V for Vendetta

January 27th, 2011
10:16 am

More hoops to jump through? Probably. I doubt this would work out for the best.

Ricardo Cabeza

January 27th, 2011
10:16 am

No doubt APS needs help, but a takeover by “Kasim and Co,” will only worsen the present problems, create many new ones, and ultimately result in de-accreditation. Then “hizzoner” will crawfish by saying “I did not create this problem!” (blah-blah-blah) Listen to C.T. and leave the school system to professional educators.

What if

January 27th, 2011
10:17 am

The evidence isn’t there that mayoral control is a viable answer. ON THE OTHER HAND, it’s now the board that selects the supt, and at this juncture it would seem that few would hold their judgment in high regard, with apparently good reason. having the mayor hire a supt is a difficult choice; they’ve tended to hire folks who have absolutely no clue – nor reason to have a clue – what a school is, DC and New York being sterling examples.

Dr. John Trotter

January 27th, 2011
10:18 am

Maureen, this is all about control…about who is in charge of the school board and therefore the spending of monies on private firms. Yes, the administration is corrupt and incompetent. But, you and SACS and the Chamber are not focusing on this; you are focusing on the school board itself, and you guys have bought into the notion that they should all sit around, hold hands, and sing “Kum Ba Ya.” Why not focus on the phoniness of SACS’s so-called mission? Can you believe that Mark Elgart would have us to believe that SACS has no records about SACS’s investigation of the Atlanta Board of Education (and it WAS indeed just a so-called investigation of the school board and not the administration)?

SACS is acting as a puppet of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Beverly Hall Administration, and the Big Mules who meet at the Piedmont Driving Club. Mark Elgart and SACS will do NOTHING to improve the crap that goes on daily in the Atlanta Public Schools. His apparent mission is to politically emasculate Khaatim El and to reduce the so-called Fab Five to eunuchs giving out Dixie Cups at the local PTA Meetings. The Big Mules know that they can work with Beverly Hall; heck, she’s given them tons of contracts. Now, you deign to suggest that we turn the whole school system over to Kasim Reed who has already demonstrated that he is their happy-go-luck lackey…just happy to have people calling him “Mr. Mayor.”

SACS is indeed subject to the Open Records Act. For your edification and enlightenment, please peruse this part of the Code Section dealing with open records in Georgia.

OCGA 50-18-70. (a) As used in this article, the term ‘public record’ shall mean all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, computer based or generated information, or similar material prepared and maintained or received in the course of the operation of a public office or agency. ‘Public record’ shall also mean such items received or maintained by a private person or entity on behalf of a public office or agency which are not otherwise subject to protection from disclosure; provided, however, this Code section shall be construed to disallow an agency´s placing or causing such items to be placed in the hands of a private person or entity for the purpose of avoiding disclosure. Records received or maintained by a private person, firm, corporation, or other private entity in the performance of a service or function for or on behalf of an agency, a public agency, or a public office shall be subject to disclosure to the same extent that such records would be subject to disclosure if received or maintained by such agency, public agency, or public office.

Educational Bullies & Phonies make me want to chew tobacco. © MACE, January 27, 2011.

APS Parent

January 27th, 2011
10:24 am

Right now with the chamber of commerce pulling the strings, I think that the APS board and superintendent needs to have someone always looking over their shoulders. There should be someone in the city government that can supervise this group.

mad russian

January 27th, 2011
10:31 am

@APS Parent

Clarify supervision please. Who would supervise the board and the superintendent and in what manner? Offer a solution with some form of outline instead of a blanket statement. Since you’re an APS parent, what has frustrated you the most about the system? What suggestions would you offer? What needs are not being addressed for your child as of this moment? These are the things that teachers want to know, but rather than talk to us, we find out in the press about a problem.

Double Zero Eight

January 27th, 2011
10:33 am

It may come down to the city or state having little choice.
Let’s hope not.The current board is comprised of some big
egos, which obviously supercede the needs of the students.
Maybe the city should merely have a vote and input
regarding the selection of the superintendent. Grady Hospital
was the epitome of chaos until the state got heavily involved.

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cityzen

January 27th, 2011
10:40 am

So you prefer Khatim El setting your taxes over Kasim Reed? You’re a generous crowd!

This is an opportunity to bring the bloated overhead and capital spending of APS in line with what Atlanta can afford. Council is one heck of a sight more careful about taxing us than the Chamber’s puppets have been. And as to overseeing the schools, the board has been a disgraceful no-show for a decade. Council could not be worse and since some of them are actually responsive to public concerns would likely be better.

What Goes Around Comes Around

January 27th, 2011
10:41 am

Yeah….like thats going to work!!! I DONT THINK SO. Mayor Reed and others should have but Dr. Hall in her place a long time ago.

You can’t put the s**t back into the horse.

Tony

January 27th, 2011
10:41 am

Dr. Trotter is absolutely correct. Control and money! That’s what it is all about.

Realist

January 27th, 2011
10:48 am

And we certainly know that DC and NYC have great school systems – what a joke. Has anyone but me figured out the pattern yet? Government central planning doesn’t work. The free market does. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is one definition of insanity. Atlanta city government is certainly doing such a great job with everything else – Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…….

Dr. John Trotter

January 27th, 2011
10:49 am

Thanks, Tony. Cityzen: You might have a little problem with the Georgia Constitution. It does detail the power of the school boards, and last time I checked, it does not say that the school boards are subject to the whims of the likes of Kid Reed.

yagottabekiddingme

January 27th, 2011
10:53 am

I like Kasim Reed, but I am not in support of a non-educator taking control of an education system, no matter how rotten it is right now. Keep government out and let the free market do its thing. It won’t be perfect, but I didn’t elect Kasim to run my APS schools either.

The Anti-Midas Touch

January 27th, 2011
11:00 am

Anything the City of Atlanta touches turns to feces.

catlady

January 27th, 2011
11:00 am

Frying pan, meet fire!

Ed Johnson

January 27th, 2011
11:00 am

Bad idea. Very bad idea.

I have heard it said Kasim Reed had a hand in revising the APS charter back around 2002 on order of Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Can someone confirm?

@mad russian (”Education is not about creating and preparing a potential workforce, it’s about developing citizenship. Citizens are more productive in society than simple workers.”):

Thank you!

@Dr. John Trotter (”SACS is indeed subject to the Open Records Act.”):

Coverage here…
http://www.wsbtv.com/video/26629464/index.html

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Augusta

January 27th, 2011
11:03 am

When was the last time that a competent, external firm completed and published a financial audit of the APS?

In fairness, a “Google” check did reveal an internal financial audit signed by the APS SOS and its CPA.

By the way, “a GDOE audit” is an oxymoron.

Dr. John Trotter

January 27th, 2011
11:14 am

Ed, I see from Mr. Belcher’s investigation/interview that Mark Elgart is denying that SACS is open to the Open Records Act. He is dead wrong. He doesn’t know what he is talking about or he is an unmitigated liar. The statute which I posted above shows that SACS, even as a private organization, is subject to the law. If accreditation is not done for or on behalf of a public agency (school system), then what is the purpose of this whole accreditation stuff except to give Mark Elgart a huge salary?

Springdale Park Elementary Parent

January 27th, 2011
11:18 am

I’m for a third scenario, where the other parents in my community finally see that things are NEVER going to get better and hop onto the charter school (and especially charter CONVERSION) bandwagon.

High-achieving parents WILL flee the system in droves. It’s inevitable. My question is, what are you waiting for?

And teachers–spare me the “charter schools are not a panacea; some don’t perform well” BS. I’m uninterested in whether they will work for all communities; I’ll let those parents make their own choices. But they WILL work for ours.

We have educated, high-achieving parents and high-upside children in this particular community; any charter school we start will succeed splendidly. To my fellow parents I ask again: why exactly do we need APS at all? Why not take steps right now to eliminate APS from your daily life? Is an APS-provided education really the best you can do for your child?

Oh, sure, APS would “oversee” our charter, but we’d still find a way to (a) get rid of the moronic emphasis on teaching to subminimal tests like the CRCT, (b) release teachers from the burdens of unnecessary paperwork and in-services; (c) offer electives our children really need, like keyboarding (which is offered beginning in the third grade at Woodward Academy).

Parents, if you want to know why even one of the best-regarded APS schools is never going to be good enough for your child:

http://vahiblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/ipad-test-and-how-we-flunked-it.html

Don’t just tell the BOE to “step up”– do it yourself. Pull the plug. Kevorkian time.

ed

January 27th, 2011
11:20 am

Can anyone name one – just one – success story in Atlanta or suburban counties growing out of a black administration? All they do is fight over who’s in charge. Truth is nobody’s in charge. Whether munincipal or school governance the record reveals that blacks are administrative failures. Remember it’s been more than a half century since the Supreme Court decision ushered in racial integration. So they cannot blame the problem on racial issues, unless blaming themselves.

Double Zero Eight

January 27th, 2011
11:53 am

APS is broken. It has been broken since Hall arrived. It will
not fix itself. The board has shown no capacity to address
the root cause of the problems that have been identified
during the last decade. In addition, they have shown no
propensity they even had a clue as to what was occurring.
The board is elected by an uniformed electorate. That is
the straight story. The majority of the parents in the under-
performing schools have no clue as to what differentiates any
of the candidates, or even who is running. In addition, the
voter turn out is often abysmal. Hall should be replaced by
a candidate that has the unique skills needed to turn APS
around, The best person should be selected regardless if
this individual is black, white, yellow or brown. Had it not
been for the AJC, APS and its board would be proceeding
under the premise of “business as usual”. The educators
that have posted on previous blogs indicated Hall and her
administrators, and lack of discipline were two major issues
that needed to be addressed. APS . I think most educators
will concur with this assessment. It starts at the top, and this
is one example of the trickle down theory actually working
as designed.

ed

January 27th, 2011
11:55 am

Reverend Martin Luther King said: ‘Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.’

Inman Park Boy

January 27th, 2011
11:57 am

This current Board is incapable of hiring a “good” superintendent. Watch the recruiting effort: they will pick another “successful” urban superintendent from yet another crumbling urban system. They just go from bad to worse.

HStchr

January 27th, 2011
12:26 pm

I think you’d have more direct input and control if the mayor did it. That keeps it “in house” within the city. If they wait until the governor’s office decides to intervene, they’ll end up like Clayton with several years of bickering and refusing to work together. Having grown up with Mayor Reed and his family, I can tell you HE knows what a good education should be and could guide the district better than the mess they have running the system now!!

Dr NO

January 27th, 2011
12:31 pm

HStchr

Since you have grown up with Mayor Reed might you enlighten us as to the number of yellow crayons he consumes daily.

chillywilly

January 27th, 2011
12:32 pm

The City of Atlanta should mind its own business and leave APS the h#ll alone. I believe that Kasim Reed is being controlled & manipulated by the Chamber of Commerce. NOT ONCE have I heard him called for Beverly Hall’s immediate termination. Here again, SACS & The Chamber of Commerce are calling the shots at APS. Stand your ground Fab 5 Board Members. Don’t let a crook from Alpharetta and APS Tea Party Parents from “The Northside” control you.

Beverly Hall & Mark Elgart Must Go…………to jail!

Rep. Ralph Long for Atlanta Mayor!!!

atlmom

January 27th, 2011
12:50 pm

NONONONONO!!! That would be awful. They have enough to do and have done enough.
And by the way, about 50% of my prop taxes go to the schools…

Anyway, no one can answer this question (not that anyone’s tried!):

If people are unhappy with how the school system is working, what do we do about it? I know, I could move to another district, or send my children to private schools, but that doesn’t solve the problems nor does it help anything. I do not want the city of Atlanta or the state of Georgia to take over the school system. I don’t think nine new people on the board will do anything to change the system. How does one make changes, then? Clearly what we are doing isn’t working. It’s not working in most any other city in the country either, so it’s not like there’s a shining example out there. We are all doing the same thing, and it is failing, yet, we don’t seem to think there’s anything wrong. We just talk about getting ‘the right people’ in there. I don’t think that’s a solution.

What do we do? We need systemic changes. Clearly the voters are incapable of choosing a school board that will do much. Why is school choice such a terrible option. Have schools available, wherever the student goes – that ’s where the money goes. WHO CARES if the money goes to a ‘private’ school? IF one cares about education – then one would be happy that the child would get a good education – REGARDLESS of where that education is gotten. Unless people think that there’s something wrong with educating students, or think that for some reason the govt can do a better job. They can’t. They have shown us this time and again.

Springdale Park Elementary Parent

January 27th, 2011
12:53 pm

Hey Chilly–with you all the way, but just so you know–some of us “northside” parents do not back our BOE rep, Cecily Harsch-Kinnane, whose mystifying support of Bev Hall is truly disgraceful. And Rep. Ralph Long is my new favorite legislator. Let’s make APS a No Pimping Out Our Children Zone!

atlmom

January 27th, 2011
12:56 pm

Love me some Ralph Long.
I saw Stacey Abrams speak the other day at one of the meetings, and she was fabulous. I know we are in better hands with her involved. However, it could be too little too late.

Springdale Park Elementary Parent

January 27th, 2011
1:03 pm

Hey, Atlmom–I gave you the answer at 11:18 : )

You don’t just have to choose public vs. private. You can run your own school with public dollars and do it ten times better than APS is doing it now. But you have to be willing to put in the hard work. I am. Are the rest of you?

Revalator

January 27th, 2011
1:06 pm

Who is this Khaatim El character who has hijacked your school board? Does he subscribe to sovreign citizen type doctrines as many of those with that surname do. Better check this character out.
BH made good improvements at APS, but she wasn’t satisfied. She demanded unrealistic results at any cost. Any time there is an over emphasis on the numbers you get Neal St like debacles. KR you do not want the tar baby that is APS. It will be your Waterloo. Get crime under control, fix the water/sewer mess and you’ll be deemed a success.

mad russian

January 27th, 2011
1:08 pm

@ Springdale Park

I’m not against charter schools at all as a teacher, we just have to remember that we must be equitable to all students. We can’t pick and choose so we can have the best results. Just be honest and say what you mean, “I don’t want my kid to go to school with minorities from less affluent areas of the city”. I’ve been reading your posts for months and it’s definitely clear that you are elitist and bigoted. I want the paperwork gone, the emphasis on these idiotic tests to be dropped, but we can’t abandon the students that need our help. Ravitch said it best, test scores and teachers don’t emphasis success with students, it’s their economic status because the priorities are different.

mad russian

January 27th, 2011
1:09 pm

Oops, I meant emphasize instead of emphasis. Multi-tasking is such a pain when you’re eating lunch and typing.

atlmom

January 27th, 2011
1:19 pm

@mad russian: because you interpret: “i want my child to be at a school not run by idiots” as “I don’t want my kid to go to school with minorities from less affluent areas of the city” makes *you* the bigoted person.

Honestly – if a public school is opened up as a charter school, then believe you me, there is MORE reason to believe the school will be ‘diverse’ with kids from all over the city – not LESS.

And…yeah, it’s great to get a charter school, but you’re still under the auspices of APS and the board, etc. you have more control over the local school – but there still wouldn’t be school choice, necessarily.

How do we get rid of the whole bloated system?

Shar

January 27th, 2011
1:24 pm

This idea is only surfacing because the Council and the mayor know that the taxpayers are restive. With property values artificially inflated, with last year’s 42% millage increase making it impossible to impose another jump this year, with monumental failures in education, in disaster planning, in business development and just about every other facet of municipal government slapping us in the face like endless potholes and with no realistic expectation of honest public service in return for the majority of our tax spend, the city administrators feel the ice cracking under their feet. SOMETHING has to be done, something that seems both dramatic and punitive but that doesn’t cost anything. Voila, a bad idea is born.

How ’bout some of these instead: Board members have staggered terms and cannot serve more than two. No relative of any Board member or administrative executive can apply for contracts or employment with APS. All administrative bonuses must be based on five-year performance averages, taking away short-term incentives. ALL hiring is race/ethnicity/gender blind. Budgets must be submitted for review and change to the City Council and published to the public no less than one month prior to final voting. The mayor does not get to set policy but does get to vet and veto major purchases/decisions since the Board is so utterly unable and unwilling to demand accountability.

If those changes are not effective, split the district. It may be the dysfunction is augmented by the very different and competing needs of the various schools. Split by elementary/middle/high, or split geographically, or split by student needs – remedial, vocational, diploma candidates and college bound. Add tracking so teachers can address student populations that are more homogeneous in skill level, and encourage transferring to take advantage of the most appropriate environment for each child.

Treating all schools alike is just as misguided as treating all students alike. There are different needs in different places and trying to serve all needs in all places is self-defeating and inefficient. Apparently neither the Board nor the Superintendent can see past the huge pile of money they get their own power from to realize that they have to show results for that spending. Make it smaller and perhaps their vision will improve.

Throwing out the Good Board Members with the Bad Board Members and Their Bath

January 27th, 2011
1:34 pm

Paying $13,000 per student per year in APS with a 60% pass rate is a Fail and equates to a nearly $20,000 payment rate for graduating students.

Several of the newer board member are trying to change APS. The 5 were RIGHT to force HALL OUT. Reuben Mc Daniel is a complete DISAPPOINTMENT and hopefully someone will run against him next election.

CITY OF ATLANTA HAS ENOUGH OF THEIR OWN PROBLEMS TO FIX. In January, they couldn’t even clear the roads post-snowstorm for almost a week. How on EARTH could the City Attempt to take on the BROKEN APS?

atlmom

January 27th, 2011
1:36 pm

what happened to my last comment? *sigh*

Maureen Downey

January 27th, 2011
1:37 pm

@AtlMom, Not sure as you have no comments in spam or filter.
Maureen

yagottabekiddingme

January 27th, 2011
1:45 pm

@AtlMom: Observation: Morningside Elementary to Inman Middle to Grady High = increased African-American population as a percentage of all students. Morningside Elementary to Inman Middle to Grady High = increasing numbers of students pulled from APS and put in private schools. Morningside Elementary to Inman Middle to Grady High = same outstanding teachers, student programs, and parental support. Answer? “I don’t want my kid to go to school with minorities from less affluent areas of the city.”

Seriously?

January 27th, 2011
2:12 pm

The City of Atlanta government can’t adequately handle the tasks they already have before them and has a history of mucking things up. If APS is in trouble now, imagine how it would be with Atlanta City government running the show. Bad news for the school system; bad news for hopes of getting anything else accomplished by CoA.

Jeremiah Moore

January 27th, 2011
2:14 pm

My biggest problem with the mayor involved directly in the school system lies in the complete and utter failure of our city’s leadership to maintain and control the city. I mean, if you have something not working, why expand it? When I see the city running right, I will be all for the takeover of the school system. Perhaps we should focus more on the integrity of our educators. This is not something caused by all teachers and schools. We need to isolate the issues within the school system, not complicate it by involving inefficient city government.

Dr NO

January 27th, 2011
2:39 pm

“When I see the city running right,” The days of that happening have long since past. Thanks to past leaders, who actually built infrastructure and would draw business here ATL was able to grow and expand. The most current crop of jackasses cant even maintian what was handed them.

I grew up in ATL so I know of what I speak. No Im afraid ATL has become the Detroit of the South. Welcome. Dont believe me? Just visit the airport and have a look at the paintings, murals…they are more interested in exhibiting their bigoted behavior than anything else.

Dr. Shaquitta Jackson-Lee

January 27th, 2011
2:45 pm

Perhaps Ebonics should be implemented into the broader-based African-American curriculum.

Springdale Park Elementary Parent

January 27th, 2011
3:00 pm

@mad russian: it’s tempting to overreact to your post, but atlmom is reading the situation right. It’s really just about creating a great school; I couldn’t be less interested in who else is enrolled so long as they come to school ready to work hard.

This overly-pious idea that unless you are for “fairness” in public education you’re an elitist bigot (I live a block from Ponce and its halfway houses and tattoo parlors and City Hall East; yeah, that’s how we elitists roll) is too tiresome to even bother with.

Slide into your dusty, unwashed Prius and drive down here and check out the actual demographic mix. And remember this: in our future charter school, we’ll create real opportunity for minority kids, and produce outstanding minority graduates. And that’s more than you and your underachieving public-school brethren will ever accomplish.

mad russian

January 27th, 2011
3:10 pm

To put it simply, it comes down to parental involvement and support. You demand the best of your students and teachers and you will get the best. Having the city government control what goes on in APS is the worst remedy to this situation. Politics is the reason why education is suffering because we as a society have allowed others to make the decisions for us.

Will charter schools work? Who knows if they’re designed an implemented properly. It doesn’t just come down to the students and teachers but the overall leadership structure. If we don’t hold our leadership accountable by asking the right questions then progress will be static. We need progress to be dynamic. Throwing money around doesn’t solve the problem. As for Atlmom, how am I bigoted for calling someone out on their views? Looks like your IQ dropped without actually reading what I posted as it was not even directed to you but another post.

Do I agree with the support of Hall from the four. Nope. They should have asked the tough questions rather than follow a sycophantic path in order to save face. I know Harsh-Kinnane very well and I was disappointed in her choice for support. What it comes down to now is dealing with the issue instead of finger pointing and wild ideas.

Thanks to yagottabekiddingme for calling Atlmom out as well.