Friday, November 15, 2013

Pinkston to Mayor: Next Time You Don't Understand Something, Just Ask

Posted By on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 1:51 PM

We promise that every back and forth between the Mayor and the School Board won't merit a separate post, but this one does.

After the Mayor expressed disappointment in the school board's decision to limit charters for the next year to areas where the system needs schools — specifically, areas that are more than 120 percent of capacity — we reached out to the plan's author, school board member Will Pinkston, for a response.

The former Bredesen aide didn't pull any punches.

The Mayor's Office clearly does not understand the plan and, as usual, hasn't bothered asking for any information. If the mayor understood the policy, he might embrace the chance to deliver more change to more students — faster — through conversions of low-performing schools in a cost-neutral manner that doesn't fiscally undermine the progress we're making in other schools. Meanwhile, exceedingly overcrowded schools that need capacity relief also happen to be in areas of town with big opportunities for closing achievement gaps. I'm frankly surprised he wants to deny those students the same opportunities as others. We'd be happy to brief him on the plan if he wants to learn what it does and does not do.

I think it's safe to say that they're marking each other off of their holiday card lists.

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