A Real Reform Menu for Education?
Traditionally, Rhode Islanders have been offered a choice of two options for improving their troubled educational system…
- Spend more money on district-level bureaucracies, with minimal change to existing school practices.
- Spend more money on non-educational social service programs.
Significantly, unlike the usual RI options, these new options involve making changes directly at the individual school level. The message is that schools, as a fundamental unit of education, matter. Expect wailing and gnashing of teeth to commence soon.
- “School closure and sending students to other schools“.
- “A turnaround model which replaces the principal and retains 50 percent or fewer of existing teachers and staff.”
- “A restart model which invites in a regional collaborative or a charter management organization to take over the school”
- “A transformation model which replaces the principal, evaluates all teachers, revamps classes and offers ‘expanded learning time’ including longer school days or weekend classes.”