Tri-County Cradle to Career’s role in this region is to illuminate the facts associated with student success in education and to mobilize the community in support of progress. Equity or the lack of it figures prominently in this work.
Inequity and injustice here are not limited to students of color who don’t receive the quality education they deserve. It may be on a lesser scale, but adults also, who are trying to make the system work better can be targeted for abuse, through the misrepresentation of facts.
Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait’s efforts to move the best principals the Charleston County School District has to offer into the most challenging schools may not be their preference or the preference of the communities they leave behind but makes eminent good sense. That’s what equity does: places the resources where they are most needed.
Similarly, incorporating student improvement (not achievement) into the evaluation of teachers as one component of a more comprehensive look not only makes sense, it is a wonder how performance can be honestly assessed and opportunities for improvement identified without it.
Could these actions have been communicated more effectively than they were? Without a doubt. Nonetheless, we wish to commend the superintendent and those trustees supporting her in these matters for their courage and persistence. There may be some unhappy adults out there, but this is about and for the kids.
John C. Read
Tri-County Cradle to Career