Farina to Failing Schools: Pressure’s Off
Facing increased pressure from parents and reform advocates to improve struggling schools, Chancellor Farina responded with a disappointing, over-hyped, political stunt that won’t address the failing schools crisis.
Sadly, Farina’s announcement won’t fix the damage caused by shortening the school day, placing ineffective ATR teachers back in classrooms, and failing to give struggling schools turnaround plans. By removing letter grades, parents are cheated out of clear objective measures of school quality. In addition, studies have shown that the letter grades spur schools to get serious about improving student achievement – and the removal means the pressure’s off.