During a public hearing Thursday night, East High School Principal Anibal Soler, Jr. asked the school board to exercise civil disobedience and consider saying no to the state.
The district was given a shockingly short amount of time to come up with a plan to fix East High School. All of the options include outside management coming in or shutting the place down.
East has 1,700 students in grades 7 through 12. Seventy-seven percent are low-income. Fifteen percent speak English as a second language. Twenty percent have disabilities. The graduation rate is the same as the district average – 43 percent.
“You cannot find another urban school district in the country that is performing without some kind of filter, without some kind of way to pick kids, pick staff, do something different,” Soler told the board. “The beautiful thing about East High, we don’t do that. We take what we get. We do the best we can. We work hard every day and we’re proud of it.”
Soler implored the school board to ask the state a simple question about urban school transformations, “Show me where it’s worked.”
What would happen if the district told the state to shove it? Would the state come in and take over the school? Would the state take over the district? Would the state get better results? Would it be so much different than what’s happening now?
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— Rachel Barnhart (@rachbarnhart) April 11, 2014