CMS superintendent asserting more power over district

Charlotte Observer Ann Doss Helms has the details:

At the board retreat and in a June meeting with principals, Wilcox says he thinks CMS has swung too far toward freedom.

He noted that third-grade reading proficiency, targeted by North Carolina’s General Assembly as a key skill that needs improvement, has remained flat despite a barrage of efforts. While 2018 scores haven’t been released, Wilcox has said it will be another disappointing year for third-grade reading. That demands real change, he said.

“We are going to have to become a little more directive,” Wilcox said.

I do not know what this means, exactly.  The practical implications of more “central control” may be invisible to most.  But it sends the wrong message to dissatisfied parents and elected officials.

 

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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