Let's take Bob P olhemus's logic and apply into the root of the problem of city schools-economic segregation. For decades the Republican controlled Monroe County Legislature , County Executive and their colleagues in town and village government have done nothing to increase economic opportunity for inner city residents, and everything in their power to isolate the most needy, resulting in the destruction of city neighborhoods and schools. "It seems obvious to me that "Ms. Brooks and her cronies" should be replaced by an executive and staff that is willing to work with all parties to implement innovative and meaningful changes in the system." Hmmm....like a county -wide schools sytem and mixed-income housing in the suburbs? "No other private or public enterprise would tolerate the continuance of officers during such a prolonged period of non-performance. Replacing "Ms. Brooks" cannot possibly have a negative impact on the schools." Mr. Polhemus, I would also hope that many concerned citizens would agree to take corrective action. "If it is really about the children, how could they not?"
No, we cannot punish people with less resources for advocating for their children. So how, do we make schools of choice work for ALL children? Education should not be about survival of the fittest.
Yes, I really hate those poor decisions that babies and children make.
We are losing a gem! Tim's advocacy, by simply being himself, is profound. His work with educators and students is tireless. Tim hit the nail on the head with so many of his insights about the RCSD but I was especially appreciative of his frank commets to business leaders who complain about the broken system. "If the district is that bad, and you know all of these schools around it are so much better, why not just disband the school district? Then all the kids who live in the city would have to be absorbed by the surrounding suburbs." Why not indeed?
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