Mary Beth Hertz (a.k.a. mbteach on Twitter) over on the Philly Teacher blog recently posted a very thought provoking article–A New Model for School Reform: Could it Work?. With all the talk of Charters and Renaissance schools lately, it was great to read such a well thought out and well articulated model of school reform. Her idea in a nutshell–do away with catchments and let every student/parent rank the schools that they would like to attend, and award all spaces based on a lottery system, similar to how seats in charter schools are awarded today. This system would be superior, because, in her words,
- Giving students and families a choice helps keep them engaged in a child’s education.
- Choice fosters competition among schools to attract the best students, no matter what neighborhood they are in.
- Services are more evenly distributed throughout the district since no one school is overwhelmed with high-needs students and families.
I like the sentiment and how Hertz is thinking outside the box. I liked this idea a lot at first. However, Read the rest of this entry »