Columbus: (Absence of) School Choice

Columbus: (Absence of) School Choice

There are 2 comments on the Examiner.com story from Sep 15, 2011, titled Columbus: (Absence of) School Choice. In it, Examiner.com reports that:

Columbus, Ohio is undoubtedly a great place to live for families, especially for families of children who have autism.

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Collins44

Canal Winchester, OH

#1 Sep 16, 2011
Gene Harris is all about "excellence" in schools. NOT! A child is lucky not to have their throat slit in the Gene Harris run schools where highly paid administrators rip off the school lunch program for their own kids and mediocrity, or worse, abounds.

Since Penick vs. Board of Education in 1977, closing of schools like Central (1982) and Northland (1979) and the heavy handed forced busing and the resulting White Flight), Columbus Schools are corrupt, incompetent and violent and resemble Haiti more than they resemble the America I know.
the real truth

Columbus, OH

#2 Sep 16, 2011
Collins44 wrote:
Gene Harris is all about "excellence" in schools. NOT! A child is lucky not to have their throat slit in the Gene Harris run schools where highly paid administrators rip off the school lunch program for their own kids and mediocrity, or worse, abounds.
Since Penick vs. Board of Education in 1977, closing of schools like Central (1982) and Northland (1979) and the heavy handed forced busing and the resulting White Flight), Columbus Schools are corrupt, incompetent and violent and resemble Haiti more than they resemble the America I know.
Given the comment you recently posted elsewhere about some "cultures" just being better than others, I have to suspect that you are likely to blame Dr. Harris' "culture" (and the "culture" of the Principal who was submitted fraudulent school lunch applications) for her insufficiencies.

I am deeply critical of Dr. Harris and do not at this time count her a good superintendent. However, I have seen a long string of superintendents from a number of "cultures." And the basic problem described in the article has been present through them all. The schools in the district range from awful to awesome. And nobody is every happy to see students with special needs coming. Some of the awesome schools have fought some ugly battles to keep such kids out--as individuals or as "units."

While the concern for replicating successful and popular school options has never been much better than luke-warm, the ability to do so has been even worse. Some attempts at replication have simply never achieved the panache (or achievement) of the original. Fair Avenue Arts Impact has never matched Duxberry Park. In most cases the district has failed to grasp all of the factors, including those that are interpersonal, such as staff buy-in, that make an alternative successful.

Further, there is far too often an endorsement of your belief that some "cultures" are simply better and to believe that the success of awesome schools has to do with their ability to draw more families from the "superior" culture. The awful schools tend to think that they too could be awsome if only they had better students.

I feel for the families described in the article. CCS has a limited supply of better than adequate schools. And the kids who need them most stand the least change of being able to go to them. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the buildings in Columbus were competing to get more students with autism, or students from a range of cultures? Being shut out is not a good way to grow up.

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