Carruolo: Hey, Why Hurry Reform?
Bah. Who needs a sense of urgency:
George Caruolo, the savvy former politician Governor Chafee has appointed to lead the state’s top education board, says Rhode Island’s $2-billion-a-year public school system is not that bad.
What is needed to improve the state’s 300-odd public schools, he says, may not be an ambitious agenda of change but a dose of old-fashioned pragmatism — or, as he puts it, “a realistic assessment of what’s necessary to elevate results.”
“It’s not as important to get all of this work done in the next 15 minutes,” Caruolo said in an interview last week, “as it is to get it done correctly.”
Yeah. That sounds good in a platitudinous sorta way, except recent progress has been made due to a sense of urgency. Pragmatism–in our classrooms, in our administration buildings, at bargaining table–is what got RI at this point to begin with. So, yeah, I feel a sense of urgency. And so do the thousands of RI parents with kids in our public school system.