In Detroit, 29 public schools are slated to close in the fall; 900 teachers and 33 principals will be dismissed. Robert Bobb, the emergency financial manager for the district, has created a “master plan” for improving the schools.
How did he decide which schools to close? According to the Washington Post, “… Bobb and his staff looked at the age and condition of the buildings, as well as how many students attend them. Academic performance also was taken into account.”
So farewell to Elmdale Elementary, which is underenrolled but meeting performance standards. In the meantime, millions of dollars are going to the new Cass Technical High School, “considered a model for 21st-century urban high schools.”
Bobb’s master plan “calls for improving technology and updating classrooms. Curriculum also is being reviewed to make sure students are getting what they need in reading, writing, math, science and other programs, Bobb said.”
Why not do this for Elmdale? And why does curriculum seem like an afterthought, an “also” that comes after spiffy equipment?