Mile High Turnaround

Yesterday’s Denver Post has a good piece on that city’s future plans to turnaround persistently low performing schools.  As is the case with any turnaround, community tension is beginning to mount.  Superintendent Tom Boasberg puts it well:

“Schools are like families,” Boasberg said. “I think any of these suggestions are difficult for those families to hear and to react to. But I think the key is to focus on what is the best for the students and what we’ll be able to better deliver for students.”

That last bit is the critical part; hard conversations about school change very quickly move away from what’s best for kids.  The interests of children should be the beginning, middle, and end of every one of these conversations.

(Bonus quote from yours truly about over-communicating change if you click through to the article!)

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