Done and (?)Done
I think we did good work. Certainly programs like this represent the long-term, sustainable model for growth, where the pattern of experience leaving high-need schools and districts is reversed. One should gain experience in the suburbs, where, dare I say, many kids will learn anyway, and then take on the harder, more demanding assignments, not the other way around.
At closing ceremonies three of us involved in the program spoke, as well as a district official involved in some of the structural and formative reforms occurring within OUSD. She said something that stuck with me, and likely will continue to do so. I'll paraphrase as accurately as possible.
On NCLB and the Future:
We do not have a system of accountability; we have a system of accounting. Our failures to educate are being recorded and catalogued, but we are not held accountable to them in any meaningful way... There is this promise of equity that has come down from Brown vs. The Board of Education and I feel like we're in the end game stages. Our system of accounting has recorded our failures and I am afraid that at some point someone will say these kids simply cannot learn. Black and brown kids will never learn. And they'll have all these records of things tried and failed, the accounting record of failure to back them up, and the narrative of equity will end.