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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Shuffling school deck chairs

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 6:09 AM

Belatedly, a note that the Little Rock School Board declined last night to ratify Superintendent Linda Watson's idea to hire a new faculty for Forest Heights Middle School, where teacher absenteeism and discipline are among pressing issues for a school failing to meet academic targets.

Board member Baker Kurrus (we'll miss him when he retires after this term) observed that there's not much to be achieved by moving low-performing teachers from one school to another. Right. The educational solution is simple, but so hard -- a lean administration that focuses first on putting demanding and effective principals at every school who can improve teachers who need help and weed out those who don't respond. It has and can be done, even within the important dictates of fair dismissal laws and employment contracts.

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