What will it take?

July 30, 2016 Excerpt from a subsection headlined “The public interest” in a commentary headlined “Big issues calling: Schools may be about to close, but difficult challenges lie ahead needing focus, attention” first published in Educate!, June 5, 2003. But perhaps the biggest question mark hanging over the schools is whether adults from all walks Read More …

Wrestling with the main assignment policy

May 12, 2016 The morning’s Policy Committee meeting was a slog through the details of how CMS assigns students. With a consultant on how to revise student assignment identified but not yet under contract, much of the discussion was about what must wait for discussion with the consultant. But Supt. Ann Clark, partiicipating by phone, Read More …

The new elephant in the room

Dec. 10, 2015 Meeting materials here Listen in as Policy Committee chair Tom Tate tries to summarize a discussion of goals for student assignment that members had offered at today’s committee meeting: The four “goals,” as the policy committee left them Thursday: Reduce high-poverty concentrations in schools. Do no harm or minimize harm. Don’t assign children Read More …

League holds session on assignment ‘guidelines and opportunities’

Nov. 7, 2015 Matt Ellenwood talked about the Obama adminstration’s guidance letter on how race, socioeconomics and other factors could be used as factors in student assignment. Tom Tate talked about how school board members want more people talking about the decisions ahead on student assignment and a new superintendent. And Roslyn Micklelson laid out Read More …

Champagne, or beer?

Oct. 15, 2015 Meeting materials here It was Thelma Byers-Bailey who offered the CMS Policy Committee a headline metaphor that probably rings true for parents at a number of schools across CMS. Under one school roof are two groups of students. One group sought out seats in the partial magnet housed at the school. The Read More …