Just who gets to make the choices in a supposedly random ‘school choice’ lottery (DC Version)

Valerie Jablow has dug into this issue in her typical yeo-womanly manner. 

The short version of the reality of DC School Choice is that people who are more worthy than YOU (or me) get to decide who is admitted into the relative handful of highly-regarded publicly-funded schools in DC (both public and charter) — where most kids do not attend their in-boundary school. (Mine mostly didn’t either — Brookland and Stevens ES; Stuart-Hobson MS; and SWW and Banneker HSs.)

All this leaves us with a two-track educational system, where in some schools there is strict discipline and relatively high test scores, lots of college admissions, and where only wealthy or well-connected families or those kids with good academic records are allowed in. (Think Banneker, BASIS, some of the KIPPs, Walls…)

And then there are other schools where the majority of students are absent for 3 or more weeks (not days) every school year, and hardly ever show up on time. (Think Cardozo, Ballou and Chavez Charter, among others)

Also See the recent post article about large numbers of DCPS teachers quitting in the middle of the year, mostly because they find it impossible to, uh, teach, because they are not allowed by school administration to have any classroom control or discipline. And are required to do enormously burdensome data-gathering work that is (almost intentionally) designed to take away from teaching time but to make the teacher look bad when it comes time for annual evaluations… and pretty much no matter what disruptive things a student does, teachers’ requests for disciplinary help are either ignored by administration or are used as excuses to attack the teacher…

Teachers at BASIS, Walls, KIPP, and Banneker don’t have to put up with that sort of nonsense. Others do. Obviously much more academic learning happens in one of these tracks than the other, but the fact that we still have these tracks, 60+ years after Brown v Board, should be intolerable.

But it’s applauded instead.


Published in: on June 1, 2017 at 11:47 am  Leave a Comment  

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