Analysis: Closing plan may start new era for city schools He has said right-sizing is part of a broader vision for overhauling the district. He clearly plans to do this once, do it in a big way and move on.We are going to need to go back and close some more schools in a year or two. The high schools are not being looked at in this round of closings and retoolings. The plan slated for release this week attacks at the elementary and middle school levels. The high schools plan is for another year.
'He doesn't want to go back in a year or two and close more schools,' Mr. Sternberg said. 'He wants this to be what has to be done. Frankly, it needs to be done this way.'
And, should this plan not work out -- other changes are going to be necessary. I think that this plan has a lot of accountability. And, if certain schools do well while others flounder, again, the ax will swing again.
Great. Let's think again, and again. I don't mean to say we'll back track. Rather, we'll be flexibile from this moment forward and do the dance that needs to be done -- for the sake of the kids that are in the classrooms today.
The biggest fear among the parents is that this generation of kids are going to be lost -- too.
Now that I'm talking about high schools, while the others are yet to start -- here is one bold plan that I'd consider.
Turn Peabody and Westinghouse into single gender high schools. Put the boys in one school and the girls in another school.
With single-gender schools, among other benefits, Central Catholic High School would gain a public school rival. Same too for Oakland Catholic.
Let's talk about this again in 2006 -- after we come to understand the new plan this week for the little ones.