For almost 10 years, the leadership of the North Carolina legislature has been dismantling our proud public-school system.
They have cut budgets, limited the rights of overworked and underpaid educators, and taken away vital resources from our students while prioritizing tax cuts for the wealthy. Our educators have suffered. Our schools have been destabilized. Our students have struggled.
Instead of supporting our students, elected officials have responded with more attacks. They steal precious teaching time by overwhelming our students with standardized tests, which measure little but the impacts of poverty and racism. When scores go down, the state slaps a D or an F grade on our schools to publicly shame them.
Parents are rightly concerned and explore options like privately-run charters or private-school vouchers, without even visiting their community’s school board to demand pertinent action. They are driving students and resources out of our public-school communities.
Now, through the Innovative School District (ISD), the state is threatening to take a Wayne County School (Carver Heights Elementary) away and hand it to over to a privately-run charter company without meaningful input from the students, parents, educators, or the community it serves. This privately-run charter school will receive our tax dollars to run our school and make a profit doing it and we will have no say in what they do.
The North Carolina Innovative School District (ISD) was created in 2016 through legislation (HB 1080) enacted to improve student outcomes in low-performing schools across North Carolina.
The ISD works in partnership with local communities to design and implement strategies for school improvement, creating innovative conditions for accelerating student growth and achievement.
This is what is says on the NC Department of Public Education Website. Truth is that the ISD is not even asking the local community for input. Although they claimed this is what they scheduled the October 8th meeting to do, they did not listen, they did not address or answer any of the questions asked by the community.
The ISD and it's related movements around the nation are determined to take tax dollars and and use them to fund for-profit entities that have no accountability to the public for how they spend that money. They have no proven plan for improving our schools; instead they farm out the needs to for-profit charter school companies. The ISD and their contracted charter schools have no proven success anywhere. Their plans and this process in experimental at best and will bring further harm to students that are already struggling.
Failure in Houston
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History of the failure of ISD (formerly ASD) has been thoroughly documented trhoughout the country.
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