PI Article Puts Focus On What May Come Next (for High Schools)
However, the excess capacity must be addressed, and any closure options should be aligned and addressed by the development of the new Student Assignment Plan.
Interesting, because (1) couldn't this be the rationale for developing the new Student Assignment plan BEFORE a closure plan? and (2) eliminating a high school would have taken far more seats out of the capacity issue than any elementary or middle school and yet they didn't do it. I would almost think the discussion of high school closures was a red herring (indeed, especially The Center School as the document only references "comprehensive" high schools).
They state 3 areas of concern for high school closure:
- concentration of high poverty students/high numbers of students with achievement gaps in potentially impacted schools (interesting this is a problem in high school but when it was suggested during the last round of closures for High Point/Fairmount Park it was okay)
- Specific plans to support student safety (what does this mean? I know there are already safety plans in place but I'm thinking they are talking about Cleveland and RBHS in specific).
- Thoughtful discussion about comprehensive large schools versus comprehensive small schools versus alternative schools (interesting again because what is Center School? It's not a comprehensive small school but is it an alternative?)
"In mid-December, Goodloe-Johnson released a document in which she called for closing a high school in 2010 and hinted that district officials would consider changes far more complex than simply closing a school: "Choice has only worked for some students; is it time to consider a mandatory high school assignment that offers the same choice of rigor and programs?"
Mandatory high school assignments? That would be big because it contradicts what has been initially put forth by the assignment plan meetings i.e. enroll at any school with space with sibling/distance tiebreakers and lottery seats.
Her final recommendations have backed away from the 2010 date, but the latest report notes that "any closure options should be aligned with and addressed by the development of the new Student Assignment Plan."
District officials hope to have that plan ready by the start of the 2010-11 school year.Yet another thing to keep on your radar as you go to assignment plan meetings.