A reader described the start of the new school year. It began on a sad note:
School started for me yesterday. We had twos of professional development which meant our principal and a few other suits lecturing us about what we needed to do to keep our school from closing. At one point the principal said, “if you have a problem with what I’m telling you, maybe this isn’t the right school for you” very nice on the 2nd day of the new school year.
Today our local superintendent came for a minute. He seems very sad. He looked defeated. He came to wish us well and tell us that NY state is now deciding which schools live or die. NYC is no longer in the loop. He said he doesn’t agree with the state but the bottom line is that everything hinges on the results of the ELA and Math state exams. He said it didn’t look promising.
I work in an urban school with a high percentage of challenging children. Each year as more children go to Charters we get those who nobody wants. The numbers of elementary students are declining while the numbers of middle school are increasing as Charters cherry pick the best students and leave us the rest.
This is not considered. ELA and Math scores only will decide our fate.
To have our Superintendent so defeated before one child has set foot into my school this year is troubling. He said he just wanted to be honest with us.
What a way to start a new school year.