By Dan Reed,Friday, September 6, 6:16 PM
Washington Post Local Opinions, ONLINE HERE.
A Montgomery County school board member once told me, “There are no bad schools in Montgomery County.” This is sort of true, but so stellar a reputation often distracts people from the real problems Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) faces, such as a persistent achievement gap, de facto segregation by class and race and suggestions of middle-class flight. To tackle these difficult problems, families, community leaders and school administrators need to face a hard truth: MCPS just isn’t so great anymore.
Starr also has to consider changing the way school assignments are made in the Northeast and Downcounty consortia, which have failed at reducing segregation and middle-class flight.
It’s true that 85 percent of school-age children in Montgomery County attend MCPS. But that’s like saying that most people choose Pepco as their energy provider. Many families, including mine, don’t have other options, but that doesn’t mean they’re satisfied with what they’re getting. MCPS needs to make a case for itself, and it starts by admitting that serious problems exist and that solutions need to be found.
Likewise, families in MCPS cannot take for granted that Starr and the Board of Education will act in their best interest.
To read the whole opinion piece online in the Post, CLICK HERE.