August 10, 2012
From the beginning, the solutions that were proposed by the petitioners missed
the point about what it takes to stabilize struggling inner-city schools. The
voice of teachers, through their union, was silenced in the writing of the settlement.
As a result, what could have been an important discussion on how to help our
schools of greatest need was preempted.
The Reed settlement, in operation, has proved to be a failed experiment that
has done little or nothing to improve student learning. Its layoff “skipping”
provisions have caused widespread teacher displacement and the severe disruption
of the education program at schools far beyond the scope of the 45 Reed campuses.
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