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Re: “Breaking point

Close but no cigar: Bob said "I took him to be saying, look, this system is so bloated and inefficient that it should fall and be replaced by schools that operate somewhat independently--like charter schools do--and are responsive to their "customers" or else. I think our difference now is that Francis would consider that, if it happened, a reformed system and not constitute the collapse of the "whole public school system," as I termed it. I, on the other hand, would consider that a collapse of the whole public school system, at least as we know it in Wake County--which is a unified, integrated.." I do not want the system to collapse - at all! I can't say it more simply. With 130,000 students in wake and 1.3 million statewide we can't afford that to happen. We need the system to reform itself. Become more efficient, embrace new ideas and change. More effort to reach the populations that are not being served instead of hiding them. And yes we need competition to encourage the current traditional public school system to become better. Public Charters are a great way of encouraging experimentation and allowing parents more control over their childrens education. The added benifit is that the traditional public schools can adopt the succesful practices of charters and improve in the process - if they will....

Posted by Francis De Luca on 03/07/2007 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Breaking point

Bob Geary quotes me as follows, De Luca says, he'd like to see the whole public school system fall of its own weight I did not say that. I stated that the current education model in Wake County and North Carolina was very similar to the economic model that the Big Three automakers and the old line airline companies built. It consists of a huge infrastructure, bloated bureaucracy and excessive pay and benefits. It was a system that if costs continued to increase the taxpayers in Wake County could not afford and would not support such a system. In todays global economy you need an education system that can respond quickly to changes and new requirements. If it cant, just like the auto companies and old airlines, it will fail. Other than that quote, Bob got most of what I said in our half hour conversation pretty accurate. I recognize the need for a healthy public education system that includes choice and competition and more of an entrepreneurial spirit. My last comment concerns my continued dismay and amusement at BOE members who answer every alternative proposed by saying that it wont do anything for 2-3 years so why bother when any bond passed doesnt do anything for 2-3 years. I guess that means we should not do any more bonds?

Posted by Francis De Luca on 03/01/2007 at 9:01 PM

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