On another post Anonymous wrote:
Here's another success story!
Read all of this excerpted article if
you are among those who believe that our schools cannot be
successful in this Broad/Gates/Charters. The will, the belief, the
hard work of committed educators can change the worst of situations !
Op-Ed: It’s Not Always the Right Choice to Close a Failing School
Author Michael Brick speaks out on what is being called ‘the civil rights battle of our time.’
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wasn’t easy. Here was a Latina woman from a border town stepping in to
lead the withering yet beloved centerpiece of a traditionally black
neighborhood. Over time, she managed to win over parents, teachers,
preachers and civic leaders by embracing the proud history of Reagan
“There’s a heartbeat in the school,” Anabel once told me. “There’s a heartbeat, and it’s not too late to save.”
that a myopic focus on test scores would only produce an annually
recurring scramble, Anabel nurtured the spirit that makes families want
to embrace their neighborhood school."
"On her watch, the Raiders
basketball team, coached by a big-hearted alum named Derrick Davis,
made an inspiring playoff run behind a gifted four-sport athlete named
JaQuarius Daniels. The band won competitions with funky show-stoppers.
Drama and arts clubs came back to life. Devoted young teachers reached
deep into their imaginations and pocketbooks to inspire their students."
"Pretty soon, the school became a place kids wanted to go."
And, oh yeah, they made the numbers.”
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Let’s get some real educational leaders in Pittsburgh. They will get it done!