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Re: “The LR school watch

As a teacher in the LRSD, I couldn't disagree with Stories' comment more. I have also worked through nearly 20 years of superintendent changes and have thought the last six or so years of Brooks then Watson were the worst in terms of building internal and external confidence in our schools. Watson was hired as an interim, then she was given the job without so much as an search or interview. Community trust in our schools is nearly non-existent.

As a district, we look more incompetent than ever. Many district and building level hires have based on the applicant's personal relationship with Dr. Watson much more so than the applicant's qualifications. There have been assistant principals hired or appointed who are not properly certified although dozens of other qualified applicants applied for the jobs. We have not even considered talent from other school districts. Teacher and principal applicants from outside the district are rarely interviewed, much less hired. We keep switching bad teachers and principals from school to school.

We have a bloated administrative budget and keep throwing good money after bad on programs that are near useless without building level supervision of the administration of those programs. All the teacher training in the world won't make a teacher implement those changes in his or her classroom -- especially if he or she knows there is virtually no risk to job security. Stories complains that the board is micro-managing the administration. I would counter MORE micro management is needed.

The LRSD has some of the best, brightest and well-educated teachers in the state. We also have some of the worst. Think of what this district could acheive with a qualified, motivated, energetic and FAIR superintendent, and what we could acheive with a school board that was united in it's goal to educate all segments of Little Rock's population - not just one or two segments of the community.

Posted by One World on 07/24/2010 at 4:21 PM

 

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