The Innovation (formerly Achievement) School District is not a new idea. Whether called an ‘Innovation’, ‘Achievement’, ‘Opportunity’, or ‘Recovery’ District, it has been tried many times before, typically with damaging long term effects to the school systems in the states where it has been implemented. Contrary to the talking points provided by the lawmakers responsible for its creation, there is nothing significantly new or different about the version currently being implemented in North Carolina.
Provided below are a number of news articles and studies which refute their baselessly optimistic claims. We will be adding more over time.
Studies & Theory:
NC Department of Instruction (NCDPI) held a hasty ‘focus group’ at Glenn Elementary with three days notice, scheduled early during a workday and lasting less than 45 minutes. It appears that this will be the only direct feedback solicited from parents at Glenn. The five parents from a school of well over 600 students that were able to attend shared their thoughts in the video below.