Prop 46 is not going away this year or next. But it will go at some point, it is not sustainable. It will completely fall apart when the state decides to dramatically cut back our funding.
People will vote to amend Prop 46, they just need to get all of the facts and a good campaign needs to be run so they don’t just get CPS version of the “facts”. But that is a problem for a couple of years from now. This web site is a great start to people seeing the entire picture not just the picture that others want to paint.
Sure there are ideas to reduce spending at the schools, but every time you pull a stick out of the Jenga pile, you are risking it all tumbling down. I didn’t hear lot at the BOE meeting a month ago with the exception of going electronic (forgetting that it is impossible for us to give every kid a computer), cutting coordinators, and cutting admin staff which the administration says is absolutely needed. But none of these ideas was going to dramatically save anything.
You want to restructure the system (to Newcomer), but you do realize that after you do that it is very unlikely that you will get the same performance. Almost every magnet/charter school wishes they have the performance of our K-8. By creating another school, you would just create the need for more admin staff and administrators with almost no potential for improved results. Read the rest of this entry »