We got up to 106 posts on the thread about SPS and middle class families. I concur with much of what Charlie has said. I would add that I would like to see:
-an accounting of Title 1 and LAP money as well as I-728 money (help me out, are all schools' budgets available online?). I believe reduction in class size in K-3, an aggressive preschool program citywide and data-driven instruction methods are what would help.
- start a campaign (now that we have a new superintendent), to ask why we can't have more schools following models of academically successful schools. I get what Charlie means about about different groups of students and adults in each building but I'm not sure it isn't worth trying anyway.
In the end, though, it takes an adult watching over a child. Charlie's right there as well. There are a few kids (I know a couple of adults in this category) who, despite their life circumstances, strove mightily and beat the odds. But that is not possible for every child and the only way for more children to get ahead is for communities to not accept any status quo, to not accept what popular culture tells them (learning is for geeks, the thug mentality of get rich quick or die trying, etc.) and to try to get more adult mentors out there. It would be great if the Alliance jumped on that issue.
So what's going to be on your mind when school starts next week?