THE SYSTEM FIRST, THE CHILD LAST

January 6, 2016
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Sometimes, the News and Observer gives the game away. It happened the other day when the paper reported the Wake County School Board’s new plan to restrict student transfers.

In short, the ruling elite on the Wake County School Board are tired of worrying about the needs of the kids. The needs of the system come first.

Here’s what the News and Observer reported. “On Tuesday, the Wake County school board will consider changes to the student transfer policy that would give student assignment staff more authority to reject transfer requests. With requests that aren’t subject to automatic approval, staff would balance the best interests of the child versus the impact the transfer would have on the schools involved.”

Focus on the key line. “Staff would balance the best interests of the child versus the impact the transfer would have on the schools involved.”

So the impact on the schools is more important than the best interests of the child? Exactly.

In one line, the News and Observer captured the bureaucratic mindset of the powers that be in the public schools. It’s all about preserving the system, not about meeting the unique needs of a child.

What the News and Observer let slip the other day is one more powerful argument for giving parents more options to meet the needs of their child with more charter schools and more opportunity scholarships.

In an increasingly competitive world, getting a school that works for the child is more important than preserving the power of the system.


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