First I want you to read this article in the local Mercury-
Now I want you to read what I wrote about Reed Lindley in the past. I said it seems to me that he’s a bureaucrat that wants to do a good job in this District because he seems to believe that he can do more in a small district than an administrator in a bigger school district. I don’t think he’s doing anything he’s doing to hurt Pottstown and I’m pretty sure he wants to improve the quality of education for students in Pottstown.
Once again I want to stress that the conversations about fixing funding for schools like Pottstown started way back in 2009. We can’t blame Corbett for this, because Rendell was involved in it as well. We can’t blame Gureghian because as I said, a local legislator suggested that it would be easier for a charter school to avoid having to deal with state mandates. The charter school idea is not new to PA and it isn’t new to Pottstown. The only thing that is new is that we have a person who already is running a charter school in a PA district who had the audacity to say publicly that he’d like to come into Pottstown and take over all the schools.
Despite what you might take away from Evan’s article in the Mercury, it would be quite a jump to imagine that anyone wants to turn Pottstown into a Poster child for Charter Schools in PA. Yes so far, there hasn’t been a situation in which an entire district was turned over to a charter….however, we have seen other institutions that were publicly run move into private ownership and there have been some apparent cost savings. Whether these savings stand up over time is another story entirely, but when no one can say what future costs might be if we turn over a public institution- then we have been known to choose immediate cost savings over long term expenses.
Personally I think it’s a stupid idea to sell organizations that have prevously been public institutions , but then a lot of my ideas probably lean more towards socialism than capitalism. I sort of think that some organizations are better handled by caring, committed local boards than folks that want to sell something for whatever the market will bear- but it isn’t up to me! And it isn’t up to Reed Lindley and it isn’t up to Thomas Hylton, and it isn’t up to Piccola, or Quigley, or Rendell, or Corbett. Ultimately the decision to change how Pottstown educates it’s children is up to local voters!
I don’t think folks realize they need to worry about what is going on with Pottstown schools! Some problems are just overwhelming! It isn’t as if you can choose a school leader and then things are all going to be fine. The leaders don’t even know how to handle the problems. But it’s not like it’s their fault, there are no easy solutions! As a matter of fact, right now I don’t think we know all the questions we have to ask in order to arrive at helpful solutions. That is the mess we’ve got when it comes to education.
My advice is that we all begin to think about this. We need to ask what our options are. Really, we need to go back to school to learn how to handle schools in the 21st century!
What do you think?
Welcome to the cycle!