Reconstituting a failing school — replacing the principal and requiring teachers to reapply for their jobs — doesn’t always make a difference. But here’s a hopeful report on a “Fresh Start” school in Memphis. Attendance is up, because parents of high-risk students get a daily phone call from a “team leader.” Performance is improving.
(Principal Bettye) Sims also changed the school mascot along with the image of the school. It used to be a Viper, a lowly, slithering animal. Now, it’s a soaring Eagle.
I wonder who chose the viper?