Former Chancellor Michelle Rhee would have been proud of her protege…In an effort to reallocate resources, Chancellor of DC Public Schools Kaya Henderson announced that 20 public schools will be closing.
The 20 schools marked for closure are spread across six city wards but are concentrated in Northeast Washington and east of the Anacostia River. They include the first neighborhood high school in recent memory that would close — Spingarn in Northeast — and two middle schools that would be absorbed into high schools, creating a pair of sixth-through-12th-grade secondary campuses.
Is this an effort to drive the business aspect of education to the Charter Schools, that are often run by businesses and corporations? Renting or leasing the closed schools could ‘rebrand’ seemingly more ‘equipped’ charter schools. This strategy could make extreme business sense to revitalize the existing defunct schools by garnering more income from the new potential leasers. This plan is nothing new by the way. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education wrestled with the idea more than three years ago. With all of the Rhee fallout, this issue took a back burner.
Is allowing Public Charter Schools to teach OUR children the absolute certain way to go? If the objective is to condition children rather than teach-the answer is definitely NOT!
“Communities feel like a school closing means divesting from a community, and we don’t want that to happen,” she (Henderson) said. “My commitment is to find a new use for each of the buildings that are no longer occupied by our schools.”
DO NOT SELL OUT OUR KIDS IN THE PROCESS OF FIGURING OUT HOW TO EARN MORE REVENUE!!!
When bureaucracy and big business meet they have a baby named castastrophe!