Pinellas can't become a "district of remediation," Grego tells parents
Superintendent Mike Grego faces a number of big challenges in Pinellas County - the achievement gap, the graduation rate, reading proficiency, chronically under-performing schools. But he had an interesting message this week for parents at Clearwater Fundamental Middle School.
Pinellas can't become a "district of remediation."
Grego's biggest initiative so far is about reaching struggling students. Summer Bridge, a six-week summer school program, is intended to help close the achievement gap by curbing summer learning losses. That's important, he said. But he said the district must "continue to push upper-end students."
Grego could have been playing to his audience - fundamental schools tend to do well because parents are required to be involved and students have to follow the rules or get kicked out. Many of those parents want to hear what the district will do for higher-performing students. (And Grego also introduced this year the district's first Talent Identification Program, which steers high-performing seventh graders into a summer camp of their own.)
But Grego said it's all part of a bigger picture. He said he - and everyone else - should constantly ask the question, "High performing school districts do what?"
"And then you want to fill in the blank with that," he told parents.