The Science of Running Schools
The Tiverton School Committee meeting has gotten around to the abysmal NECAP science scores, which I described when they came out. Superintendent Bill Rearick has run through the process of evaluating the problem, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda. It takes some years to turn things around. The East Bay Collaborative is attempting to come up with money to fund new “kits.” The district is applying for grants.
News flash: There are kids graduating every year. There are students taking inadequate classes right now.
This is a bottom-line kind of thing for me. Screw contracts and hierarchies and standards and all the other grown-up junk. The district has resources allocated to it within which it must work. This is a basic function at which it is utterly failing. Expand the time that science teachers must work, if it’s necessary. Fire anybody who isn’t willing to put in the same degree of effort that any other professional who is utterly failing would have to put in.
Everything must stop until students are receiving the education that they deserve, and for which the town is already paying.
Chatter. Starting the conversation with the statement, “this is obviously unacceptable,” isn’t sufficient. I don’t want to hear what balls the district has started to roll. I want to hear what they’re doing to roll them faster.
Committee Member Danielle Coulter is trying to push the conversation toward what can be done immediately and what further effort can be pushed. You know, any private company, in any industry whatsoever, seeing a public release of this level of badness would be out in the public with a plan for repairs within a day. The tone of the administrators of Tiverton school district is what one unfortunately expects in the public sector. Essentially: “We’re doing all of the steps that you’re supposed to do. We need money. We’re looking into tools.”
These results (and not just science, either) should be keeping administrators across the state up at night.
Supt. Rearick just said that there is no local money left to invest in this. Earlier in the evening, Director of Administration and Finance Doug Fiore proclaimed that the budget is balanced. I hate to contradict that, but there are clearly holes therein.