In the coming weeks, a small group of unelected officials will visit four schools across the state of North Carolina to make a recommendation that two of them be taken away from their local school district and handed over to a privately-run charter management company. All four school communities are comprised of smiling, learning, and growing young people; dedicated staff who commit their lives and hearts far beyond a 40-hour work week; and loving and trusting parents who want the best for their kids. One of the elementary schools, Glenn, belongs to us here in Durham. We intend to keep it under local control.
The “Innovation” (formerly “Achievement”) School District leadership is claiming that “we had our chance to fix these schools.” But we know better.
The General Assembly has repeatedly underfunded and sabotaged public schools and based the majority of their agenda on heavily flawed standardized test scores. We need to focus our efforts and money on strengthening public schools, not forcing our neighborhood schools into private hands with no local accountability.