With all that is happening in terms of education reform on a national level, not to mention what has been transpiring in our own backyard, is it time for Norwalk parents and taxpayers to consider a NEW governance structure? The current one doesn’t appear to be working and many would argue that is hasn’t for at least a decade, maybe two. One need only attend one of the regular Board of Education meetings or look to the constant newspaper headlines to view a (still) dysfunctional Board of Education (regardless of how many elections are held and which political party is in charge.) This situation, coupled with a revolving door of frustrated or failed superintendents has some of us asking, “Is there another way?” Increasingly, many reform minded urban-suburban school districts are turning to their respective state’s department of education or mayoral offices to take control. Three factors that have generally contributed to this sort of a measure point to:
- Persistent lack of improvement in student achievement
- Financial inefficiencies
- Financial waste without academic results
Below are 3 different reports that highlight the pros and cons of exploring different governance structures that came out of The Thomas B. Fordham Institute Center For American Progress Conference last December, 2011.