Frank Wells, principal of a very bad Los Angeles high school, said he doesn’t need more money, reports the LA Times. (Repent of your sins! The end time is near!) On a visit to a Green Dot charter school, Frank Wells bitterly criticized the district bureaucracy for blocking real change at Locke High, near Watts. He called it “criminal to allow a school to continue on year after year, the way this one has.”
“The more you fail, the more money they throw at you,” he said. “We’re filthy rich; I don’t want any more of your money. Send me quality teachers.”
Wells was brought in to turn around Locke but says he’s run into a “brick wall.”
Meanwhile, the school board turned down Green Dot’s plan to open charter high schools as an alternative to Locke and negotiations have collapsed on a plan to break up Locke and let Green Dot manage the successor schools.
The two sides could not agree on how much autonomy Green Dot would have in running the schools.
Locke administrators and teachers weren’t involved in the discussions, so Barr invited Wells — and Education Secretary Margaret Spellings — over to a successful charter, Animo Inglewood.
In talking about the need for “revolutionary” change, Wells sounds ready to back converting Locke to a charter school — or just blowing it up. I don’t see how LA Unified can keep Green Dot out if their own turnaround principal says Locke is hopeless under the current system.