I'd like to explore how parents, students, communities, and school staff can be decisionmakers, while sorting how the critical "who decides what" issues.
Schools like Brockton devise strategies based on the needs of their students, then organize themselves to meet them.
What we need to start with is a consensus that schools have to raise kids alongside their families; they have to join together on behalf of building a generation of strong citizens.
A big part of what is wrong with the current debate about reform is that it is dominated by what I think of as naïve optimists and radical pessimists. The naïve optimists are the ones promoting simplistic solutions like: "fire bad teachers," "lengthen the school day,"...
The one thing though that we shouldn't and needn't give up is the neighborliness of schools, and that means changes in policy re. housing, highways, jobs, and more.