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How can you fix a broken school?



Brian Peterson, editor of the Miami Education Review, offers four steps to that goal on, a nifty Web site we discovered today that focuses on the Miami-Dade school system.

His ideas seem simple. But for some reason they don't often get implemented. Check them out and then comment away.

Peterson recommends:

  • "A large raise for the teachers in exchange for much higher levels of accountability that would include firing 1 percent of the teachers each year for the next 10 years."
  • "A program to refresh the corps of school principals with superior individuals. The pay of principals should be increased along with that of teachers – with perhaps a 33 percent increase over three years."
  • "Seek a national grant to revitalize the role of parents in school governance and in helping students do better in school."
  • "Create more orderly and less violent schools through broad implementation of Restorative Justice – especially in schools with a history of violence."

The right path to get all schools on their way to excellence? Or just a bunch of hooey? You decide.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:20am]


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