Or all of the above, a combination of efforts converging on a successful education for more of our children.<quoted text>
I don't disagree with this post at all. My only contention as noted in an earlier post is that we should not fund a $15K project with a charter school specialist to tell us if we need a charter school. It is reasonable to assume he will come to that conclusion given his background and experience. I would recommend that we explore alternatives but that this work be more than just a look at charter schools (which may be the right answer).
Other potential answers could be more aggressive intervention programs for struggling students, increasing the investment in AP courses and teachers, or a charter school for gifted children. It seems like there is still a good deal of work to be done to understand where the real issues lie before we prescribe solutions. I don't think it would take several more years, but to be honest, to staff and ramp up the charter school is a multiyear project too. The changes needed are going to be longer term no matter the chosen path. For the immediate needs of today, it seems like it would be a more tactical plan of after school tutoring to the test or weekend focus on the testing materials. And yes, realize this drives cost but very few answers are going to have a lower cost basis than we have today. I think most people would agree with Just Watching that change is needed - but unless we know root cause, it is hard to know the right answer.
There positively is no one correct answer to this dilemma, but rather a host that integrate different philosophies and methods into a common goal.
In that scenario our children win, our parents win, and ultimately our community wins.