The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Education Reform, a policy and advocacy group, released an eerily timed study today about Oakland school reform. It reads more like a news article than a study, and it quotes Randy Ward and Ben Chavis, among others.
I found a quote from the news release particularly timely, given the events of the last two weeks:
“Without question, the Oakland school district has made some dramatic improvements in recent years,” said Jeanne Allen, CER president and leading authority on school reform.
“But those improvements have been dependent on people, not the substantive, statutory reforms that can outlive personnel changes. Even with the best people in place, long-term gains cannot occur unless districts make permanent changes that exist long after a superintendent is gone.”
Since many of you know the district far better than me, or the author of this report, I’d like to know what you think: How deep have the reforms gone, and will they persist 10 years from now?