Dear Cami Anderson
The following is my quickly penned reply to the post that was written by Newark’s Superintendent of Schools on 2/5/14. (found here) I only addressed a small part of her post. I could not even get the words out fast enough for my reply. As it was, my reply had to be separated into two comments. When I finished, I got a notice that my comment might not appear right away due to the sensitive nature of the article. I ask you, should not people that wish to publicly speak their version of the truth be required to open themselves up to comments and dialogue? This is just another example of the sham personality that is Cami.
“we have not yet succeeded in embedding a systemic demand for change and creating conditions where the majority of families who want options for their children are heard”…your plan for One Newark is NOT something that is going to do this.
First, the families in the communities have flat out told you that they do NOT want this plan. So how is it that you are now giving them an opportunity to be heard?
Second, the Charter School program that you intend to subject the students to is a ‘no excuses’ charter school system that soon identifies classified students and students that may not be up to the expected state levels and systematically weeds them back out, often mid-year. This causes a disruption of a child’s school year and in the long run, costs the district more money because the charter school system keeps the tuition for that student for the entire year.
Third, there is no way that any school system is going to be successful in closing any kind of achievement gaps unless the underlying issue of poverty is dealt with. Yes, a school can offer extra services, more classes, more intense instruction…but until the underlying issues that our society are faced and addressed, there will be no allover success in any any school district, urban, suburban, or rural.
Fourth, while I understand and am aware of the importance math and reading are to the future success of a child, I am also aware that there is more to a child’s lie than just these subject areas. Placing emphasis on the pure academics when dealing with children will leave other areas at a deficit and merely create a bleak future of adults that do not know how to socially or emotionally handle the many different situations that will be faced.
Cami Anderson, you are not helping Newark any by bringing this corporate agenda of educational reform to Newark. The parents are speaking out loud and clear against these plans. The Newark public schools have been under state control for 18 years. Instead of placing them in an even more stifling and strangling position, it is TIME TO GIVE THE NEWARK SCHOOLS BACK TO THE COMMUNITIES!!!