SIG: Dumping Money On Bad Schools Doesn't Work (Duh)
#edcolo @ednews Here's an EdNews Colorado blog post and podcast of my talk in Denver last week (The “brutal work” of turnarounds), during which I focused on what made the Locke rescue effort unusual (teacher ratification, charter unionization, neighborhood responsibilities) and what Green Dot did that worked and didn't. The Obama initiative to fix the nation's worst schools seems still to be struggling with implementation and capacity issues -- an Obama-created race to the bottom for turnarounds. As I said during my talk, I don't think you can spend your way to fixing broken schools, or get any sense that the SIG program was designed or has been implemented with any create care. This is work that's too hard to do well for mere money. There has to be a leader, a group of teachers, or a community organization ready to do the work. And there has to be someone willing to play bad cop.