Can Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teach the nation's education leaders something about turning around schools?
The Aspen Institute thinks so. The nonpartisan policy and leadership group is using a case study of Superintendent Peter Gorman's strategic staffing plan as the focus of a forum in Washington, D.C., today.
Strategic staffing, launched in 2008-09, puts successful principals into struggling schools, with money to recruit teams of proven educators and freedom to make changes. Gorman expects results in three years, which means the verdict isn't in yet. But the report cites promising signs, and looks at some of the challenges going forward.
"Ultimately, at the core of the Strategic Staffing Initiative is the belief held by CMS leadership that all students deserve a great principal and excellent teachers," the report concludes. "As Principal Steve Hall of Bruns Avenue Elementary School said, 'It's the moral thing to do. This is the single most ethical educational initiative I've ever been involved with as an educator.' ”
The report is compiled by Education Resource Strategies, a consulting group that's working with CMS on how to align spending with education goals.