In New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina prompted education leaders to completely revamp their school system, which was failing students. I just returned from an Education Writers Association conference there focused on reform.
One big question that came up repeatedly from other sections of the country was: “How can we implement major reforms without being devastated by a hurricane?”
The fiscal crisis in the country and the state can give schools the sense of urgency they need to make similar sweeping reforms, some said. New Orleans named its school district the “Recovery” district and has welcomed more charter schools than any other district in the county, its superintendent reported.
The presence of charters is a red flag that the school district isn’t meeting the needs of the community, some said.
In the Mt. Diablo district, the Eagle Peak charter elementary has been operating for several years in Walnut Creek, after many people initially opposed it.
Now, the Mt. Diablo Flex Academy is poised to offer an online curriculum in a classroom setting for students who want to work at their own pace, with assistance from a teacher when necessary.
In addition, some Clayton Valley High School parents and teachers are exploring the possibility of converting that school into a charter because of complaints about the current atmosphere on campus.
Both groups are hosting community meetings to share information and gauge interest.
- The Mt. Diablo Flex Academy will hold an informational meeting at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Winslow Center, 2590 Pleasant Hill Road in Pleasant Hill. More information is available by calling 877-382-0242 or going to www.k12.com/flex.
- A steering committee exploring the conversion of Clayton Valley High School into a charter school is holding meetings at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Room E-1 at the school, 1101 Alberta Way in Concord and 7 p.m. Monday in the Clayton Library at 6125 Clayton Road in Clayton. More details are on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/i1PLXO.
Do you support charter schools in the Mt. Diablo school district?