NC's Innovative School District program suffering mysterious turnover rate

And nobody wants to fess up as to the causes:

LaTeesa Allen took over as superintendent of the ISD after Eric Hall, the first superintendent, left for a job in Florida. That was February. In response to inquiries from EducationNC, Dave Prickett, head of communications for the ISD, said that Allen’s last day was June 28. That is all he said. Meanwhile, in addition to Allen’s departure, the principal of the sole ISD school — Southside-Ashpole Elementary in Robeson County — has also left.

In interviews for an article about Southside-Ashpole published in March on EducationNC, neither Major nor Allen gave any indication that they were thinking about leaving.

"Rats fleeing a sinking ship" comes to mind, but it could also be something as simple as a management company being too tight with resources. That second thing has always concerned me about Charter Schools, because the governing boards are usually made up of business people, as opposed to educators, and cutting costs *always* emerges as a top priority with those folks. But honestly, the very nature of the ISD approach is wrong-headed, and amounts to a hostile takeover of public schools:

The Innovative School District, at its most basic level, is a program that was supposed to ultimately take five of the lowest-performing schools in the state and put them in a virtual district, which can be operated by outside operators, including for-profit charter or education management organizations. Its origin is legislation that was passed during the 2016 General Assembly short session.

It has been controversial from the get go, and last year Carver Heights Elementary in Wayne County fought successfully to not become the second school in the district. Meanwhile, a bill making its way through the House would change the structure of the program. Under the bill, the ISD would not be required to pick a school this year. But after that, the lowest-performing qualifying school in the state would have to be chosen for the district each year from 2020 through 2022. That would be automatic, which would spare the state the issue of having to fight with local district’s over the ISD’s choice. More schools could be chosen for the district by the State Board of Education after the 2022-23 school year.

Bolding mine, because if there might be a fight, there should be a fight. Chalk this one up to the continued erosion of local control, carried out by the very demagogues that constantly whine about Big Government. And once again, for the hundredth time, the silence from the faux-Libertarians is deafening. Government usurping the rights of voters by stripping authority from their locally-elected school boards should be showing up on the opinion pages left and right, but JLF and Civitas don't care about this one because for-profit charters are the ones taking over. Hypocrisy loves an ideologue.



More of Mark Johnson's bullshit

I honestly think the guy may have once cared about students, back when he spent two years teaching. But then he drank the GOP's kool-aid and lost any sense of integrity when it comes to his current job. Now he's grasping at straws to fix NC schools. #flailingandfailing