Tried to post this multiple times last week, but for some reason was unable to-so here are some thoughts on last weeks article:
When reading Betsy Hammonds article about the REAL charter prep school debacle, I was totally blown away. The one thing people seem to always be overly critical, and watchful of, is money–so when alf a million dollars is allocated for a school, one might think there would be a serious, and communicative process that is involved with each dollar spent. She does note, however, that “Federal law specifies that grants to launch charter schools go to states ‘that ensure each charter school has a high degree of autonomy over the charter school’s budgets and expenditures,’ ” which I find to be an important aspect, but this is not were my trouble lays. My frustration is with the ” list of seemingly qualified board members the district had been given was a fiction.” The overwhelming, and recurring problem in many failing schools, and businesses, is with mismanagement, typically with poorly allocated funds. Schools, especially new ones that are attempting to offer something new, and push the envelope, need well equipped professionals that can do their best to ensure success in the school. Volunteers, parents, and teachers are all very much needed to make things run, however, in situations such as these, the money should be placed in more capable hands. I understand at the same time that those are the folks who might cost more, but I am reminded of a clip Megan shared on the Harlem Children’s Zone- they worked to be involved with members of the business community that had fine tuned skills they were willing to share. The future of our schools depend on the people that know how to make them run, and teaching the children what they need to know to keep the cycle spinning.
The photo is Juan McGruder, shown at the school, who was named board president sometime this year.