I take issue with the headline of a recent opinion piece by Amy Mims: “Brentwood and Burns make public schools work for kids.” It implies that other public schools don’t work for kids.
Ms. Mims states that “wholesale change is possible when the right model is implemented.”
She also mentions that, with its partnership with Meeting Street Schools (MSS), the Charleston County School District (CCSD) has shown a commitment “towards fulfilling its responsibility to provide a quality education.”
Shouldn’t that responsibility be to provide a quality education to all children?
She also commends the CCSD’s willingness “to engage in innovative structures that provide the best educational outcomes for children.”
Is the CCSD is not willing or able to provide these services, programs and excellent teachers without the guidance of Meeting Street Schools?
In fact, the CCSD has many of these resources in place.
Ms. Mims states that the partnership is delivering programs and services that under-resourced kids need most, and mentions “a culture of teacher excellence, and a variety of support services that ensures kids are well-nourished and have appropriate medical care.”
A multitude of excellent teachers already work throughout the school district. And the same support services that Ms. Mims mentions are (and have been) functioning in under-resourced schools.
The Meeting Street Schools have small class sizes, something that current classrooms lack (and will only get worse to make up for the district’s budget fiasco). The only other things at MSS that aren’t in place in other schools are a longer school day and an extended school year.
This takeover (oops, I mean partnership), is a slap in the face of dedicated, hard-working teachers and staff at Burns Elementary.
North Ladd Court