Our wonderful Superintendent of Public Instruction has another great idea. Instead of the state taking over failing schools that do not meet NCLB standards he wants authority to take over the entire district!
So my immediate reaction is what will happen to the successful schools? The takeover law requires that the administration and teachers be replaced/reassigned and new programs developed to improve instruction. Can you see this also happening to successful schools? Why do they need to interfere with the whole district? Why would they want to? How could this benefit all schools in a district?
In this district our inner city low socio economic schools struggle. What a shock! They have creative programs in place for longer school days, longer school year, alternative calendar/year round schools, increased professional development, intensive remediation, after school tutoring, community-based philosophy, parental involvement, early literacy and more. Despite all of this most show some improvement but continue to fail. What would the state do differently? What's the magic solution that can fix the whole district? I can't see a lot of good coming from this proposal.
He also wants new charter schools and vouchers, tighter collective bargaining controls and a new school accountability system. He has already stripped teachers of their bargaining rights for everything but salary and benefits, made half of the evaluations based on test scores, launched the biggest voucher program in the country. How much tighter can bargaining restrictions get? No rights? How can teachers become more accountable? Everything wrong is all our fault and we receive no commendation for the successes now. Scary!