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Pasco superintendent pledges more choices for 2014-15



Back in May, Pasco schools superintendent Kurt Browning called his district's choice options "abysmal" and promised better. Since then, though, Browning has not made many moves toward improvement.

That doesn't mean he intends to go back on his plans, though. Browning told the Gradebook that he expects to pull together a small committee in the coming weeks to begin exploring different education models that the district can put in place by the start of the 2014-15 school year.

Browning said he has some ideas in mind — magnet schools, different grade splits such as K-8 and 9-14 campuses, and more accelerated high school programs such as Cambridge and IB. New and renovated schools, such as Sanders Elementary, would be logical locations for new opportunities, he said, but so too will some of the more struggling schools with low enrollments, to give them different choices for academic growth.

"I know what I want," Browning said. But to simply impose ideas could mean a lesser chance of success. "I want to have input from the community," to increase the buy-in, he said.

He did not anticipate asking for people to submit names to volunteer for the choice committee, saying he wanted a smaller, focused group that could arrive at proposals quickly after considering many different perspectives. The committee should have recommendations to the School Board by early January, Browning said, giving the administration and schools plenty of time to ramp up new programs for the following fall.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 10:15am]


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