The jockeying continues. According to Politico, Speaker Corcoran and Senate President Negron are negotiating over a plan to make the Schools of Hope funding competitive AND INCLUDE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. This has some logic to it. Districts that are serious about providing the support and supervision to turn around failing schools can participate.
There is no question that these schools need fresh ideas, new funding, and constant oversight. Changing the status quo is a community effort. Outside charter schools can’t do it. It will take some thoughts about zoning, racial and socio economic balance, after school programs, health and behavioral support services and extending the school day. It will take creative solutions to teacher and principal assignments.
Some changes have to reflect how people live. They work one or two jobs. Where are the children while parents work–not just poor children, all children. How can schools and communities work together to make life less complicated? Can we create a school day that allows time for serious academics, recess, physical activities, hands on learning, and exciting cultural activities? Why can’t this all happen on a school campus? How can we structure our teacher’s time more flexibly? Who can provide supervision for an extended day? We need to ask what is the quality of our after school programs? It is mostly a matter of coordination and thinking differently. Are we up to it?
The League is sending out a BLAST to everyone. WATCH FOR IT! We need citizens to make a stand to protect our public schools and help them evolve to meet the needs of the future. We need everyone to think out of the box. This is an opportunity to make a difference.