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February 14, 2011


I heart Durham

I will start by stating my child will be starting kindergarten this year so I have no experience with DPS yet.

Why is the accountability of the students themselves and the parents not mentioned in this plan? I don't think it is fair to blame everything on the teachers and the principals.

Has anyone looked at the students who are doing well in the bottom tier schools and figured out what makes these students successful?

I just feel that this problem will not get solved unless a more holistic approach is taken, one that makes everyone accountable, not just half of the education equation (ie teachers and principals).

When a teacher is fired, are they going to transfer a teacher from a high performing school to replace them?


After 4 years in public school, we are applying for my 3rd grader to go to private school. We won't wait for DPS to catch up to the reform that's sweeping the rest of the country, with school meals, literacy, truly addressing poverty, and teacher training and support. I'm so glad that Judge Manning is "pleased" but in the words of Gabriela Mistral, "Many things in life can wait. Children cannot. Today their bones are being formed, their blood is being made, their senses are being developed. To them we cannot say tomorrow! Their name is today."
I can't keep saying "maybe next year they'll get it" to my child.

Corey Whittaker

So what are the test results? The article mentions discussing progress, but not what the progress has been. When I look up scores online, they do not seem to be improving at most schools.

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