Raleigh lawyer explains why rushing Wake schools plan is a mistake

Today’s News & Observer contains an excellent essay by Raleigh attorney Swain Wood on the Wake schools and the “choice” plan being rushed through by the outgoing Board chair. Here is an excerpt:

“Schools and teachers work best when they collaborate, when they share methods and ideas, when they work toward the common goal of educating all children, and when one school’s success does not depend on another school’s failure.

In short, there are winners and losers in the market, but surely we do not want to create “winner” schools and “loser” schools. Will the school choice plan do anything to prevent that from happening, or will it make things worse? We need to see more evidence that this plan will bring healthy change, not corrosive change.”

In other words; Slow down people; the rush with which the school board is acting is enough to raise real suspicions about motives.

One Comment

  1. Eunice

    October 19, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I don’t even trust lawyers with legal issues, and especially those who claim to be education experts.