Thursday, October 10, 2013

MNPS Board meeting of Oct.8. Elissa Kim ask, why not have the same standards for all schools?

This is a three and half hour long school board meeting and I have not watched it all.   If anyone would like to watch it, summarize it, and notate the video with time stamps to point out the good parts, please do and I will post it.

The School Board produces good agendas and the public can see all of the documents that the School Board members are seeing. To get your own copy of the 108-page  agenda  click on this link.

At 2:24:25 begins the discussion of the performance measures by which MNPS could judge charter schools and could use to close an underperforming charter school. At 3:00:30 in the video, School Board Member Elissa Kim takes the floor and says the new standards are "clear, logical, and reasonable," and she likes the standards but she asks the question I want to ask: Why do we not set this same standard across all schools?  Why not apply it to govern everything? Why not close all failing schools?

Below is a link to The Tennessean's report on a report released the day of the school board meeting and was discussed at the meeting.

Three charter schools warned to improve or face closure

A new Metro schools report released Tuesday warns three Nashville charter schools to improve their performance levels this schools or face possible closure in the future.

The three schools — Boys Prep, Drexel Prep, and Smithson-Craighead Academy — were each given the lowest possible school performance score in the district's Academic Performance Framework report given to the Board of Education during their monthly meeting.

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