This is what it looks like when a school dies.Read here.
The Austin school board–at the urging of the district superintendent Meria Carstarphen–decided to hand over Allan elementary school to a charter chain called IDEA. She said that IDEA had the formula to raise the academic achievement of the children in that school.
The new charter is supposed to enroll 600 students. Only 77 of the children who previously attended Allan will attend the new charter school. Most people would consider that a vote of no-confidence in the charter, the superintendent who was their advocate, and the school board that acted against the wishes of the local community.
How can the charter raise the academic achievement of the children in the school when nearly 90% of them are not enrolled there any more?
The Austin superintendent of schools was very determined to bring IDEA into the district, despite opposition from parents and the local community.
One researcher, Ed Fuller, challenged IDEA’s record and found himself under attack as a researcher for doing so.
And now teachers are stripping their classrooms, and the librarians are getting rid of the books because the charter doesn’t want them.
And that is what it looks like when a school dies.