Some students recently attended a meeting of the IPS Renewal Group, a gathering of parents, community members, and activists committed to "a new day in IPS." I've posted her summary here along with her challenge for folks to get involved! The redistricting plan and Dr. White's initiatives as new superintendent are worth talking about. ~RH
Most of the IPS Renewal meeting in October was about the new redistricting plan. . . very interesting stuff. Part of the focus of the changes is directly regarding Middle Schools, the schools which IPS feels are failing miserably. There was also a mention of 'No Child Left Behind' in that the redistricting will save some schools that were on the chopping block according to AYP. Also, in regards to the two new magnet programs at Shortridge and Crispus Attucks,
Jonathan Kozol, an author most of us are familiar with has a new article out entitled Still Seperate, Still Unequal. In it, Kozol talks about our current "era of accountability" and efforts at school reform. He points to the trends of resegregation (see also Cashin) and the continuing struggles of schools in communities with high levels of poverty and ever tightening budgets. But he also asks some hard questions about what might be at stake in the state and federal efforts in accountablity--along the lines of "what is lost?" for these students. Also, Kozol troubles the idea that all of these policies are in the interests of producing competitive "global workers." I'm wondering what folks think about these ideas and their implications for us as educators. Thoughts?