I'm not even going to excerpt it - just read the whole thing, please.
Maybe it's all the churn between Pottergate and the sale of the MLK, Jr. building. Maybe it's one poor state audit too many. Maybe it's the discouraging knowledge that despite having some exceptionally bright and capable people on the Board, we still cannot get our act together as a district.
I'm thinking that maybe, just maybe these people on the Times' editorial board, are tired of making excuses for when - when - when? will the district stop flailing around with crises and settle down to the real business of educating students with no education-word-of-the-day named plans. Just good teaching with good supports for teachers/principals AND students. Just well-maintained buildings. Just a website where you can find information you need and can use (without tearing your hair out).
Maybe it's the realization that in a mid-sized urban district, in a city full of smart people who care about education, it shouldn't be this way. Maybe that's what the Times is trying to say.
Let's start the conversation.
Update: The Times has an Op/Ed area called Ed cetera where they weigh in with thoughts prior to an editorial coming out. Lynne Varner muses here before this editorial was printed. A few interesting items:
- I knew that there was one community person on the committee to make a recommendation to the Superintendent, Chanin Kelly-Rae. (The other members were all staff.) She had expressed surprise that their unanimous decision for the Bush School was not what came out at the Board meeting.
- I need to get this clear but it seems that Reps. Kline, Pettigrew and Santos-Tomiko had been finding money for a non-profit to buy the building in hopes that a local group could do it (meaning a neighborhood group). They either knew First AME might be in the mix (and end up using the money as they did do) or they got caught off guard when it happened.
- DeBell thinks that if they had sold to Bush, they would have received criticism in that direction, but the value-added of new playfields in an area that needs them would have blunted that (plus the extra money).
- She says: The School Board must learn when to choose playfields over money and vice versa. Indeed, as it relates to the King school, this was a false argument since none of the three bids proposed shopping centers or condos but rather public amenities. The board could've voted for the most lucrative and best bid. It chose not to.