On the second point, there is a difference in quality related to exposure to resources in the school system. The district points out (slides 9 and 10) that our Turnaround Schools have made rapid progress as a result of strong leadership, effective teaching, rigorous content, using data effectively, deepening partnerships, engaging families, promoting collaboration and extending time. We agree. What the district fails to mention is that the last item is a cost item that all schools–not just Turnaround–ought to be afforded. The rest of the items are no-cost items and ought to be firmly entrenched in the DNA of each school. The district, through state and federal grants, has successfully spent funds and added resources to Turnaround Schools. It’s high time that the district found ways to provide the same resources to all of our schools.
There is a holiday party on December 14 from 3:30 to 8 at the BTU. Good event, good times, good friends. Hope to see you there.