And so I left (as is my good girl manner) but not before I realized that she had called a security person to - smilingly - watch me leave the building. (He did not escort me out. It is unclear if this person actually works at Lincoln or was someone the principal brought from downtown. Either way, it is the sign of a green principal who seems more worried about herself than her school but that is the Lowell at Lincoln community's problem.)
So I visited the APP Community blog to see what the discussion might be. I think the back-and-forth there reflects the suspicion, frustration and exhaustion that both Thurgood Marshall, Lowell and Lowell at Lincoln have felt over the last couple of years.
Should APP elementary be in stand-alone buildings? What if it is working at TM to be co-housed? Should they change being co-housed if Lowell at Lincoln goes to its own building?
It also reflects, among some of the most involved parents, the schism that is the North-South divide. There is the belief, probably true, that PTAs to the North are more likely to be able to raise a lot of money. (But it should not matter in terms of the program because Spectrum is in schools all over the district where PTAs raise varying amounts. No program can control for that. Should it?)
Of course, the problem is that TM will likely, as it continues to gain strength, overgrow its building and then who stays and who goes?
Should APP be like Spectrum and not take everyone who tests in? This is true in many districts, both in-state and in other states, where there is a cut-off for the numbers of students to be served.
Elementary APP has been buffeted around and has leaders at its schools who have official reprimands for their actions at those schools, Spectrum is weakened, the Native American program has poor leadership and World School and Nova have also been buffeted around.
In the end, it comes down to leadership and what the leaders, elected or otherwise, do and say about any program. Clearly, these programs are way down on the to-do list. Now we are in a time where these leaders have to find homes for these programs so that the programs can thrive and not continually wait for the other shoe to drop.