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Saturday, September 15, 2012
An Email Conversation with Lew White, Supporter of the Gomes Innovation School
Lew WhiteCurious. One might assume information on a site sponsored by an "Educators Association" would contain logical arguments based on facts certain, but such is not the case. I guess that's why "NBEA makes no representations as to accuracy of the posts" and allows anonymous posts. This particular post uses misrepresentations like they "DO NOT take in ALL students" when the prospectus specifically states it is based on a lottery system where the students (not the school) can opt out. Another favorite tactic, usually used when you cannot win on the facts, is attacking the proponents and not the proposal; it's seem to me kind of funny that an argument based on self-interest of the proponents comes from a site (whalingcitywatch.com) that does not provide any information on their web page about who own, sponsors, and edits the site. Or is this like a SuperPAC ?
Bill LaceyThere's no reason to label the NBEA Blog as curious, Mr. White. It permits open discussion among people who find lasting, inherent value in the First Article of the Bill of Rights, similar to the freedoms you enjoy as publisher at Amerazor, your publishing company. That being said, as long as you have played the first card in this version of Texas Hold'em, let me play my hand...
Bill LaceyThe prospectuses delivered to the New Bedford School Committee by the proponents of the Esperanza School and the Renaissance School for the Arts, regardless of the manner in which children are selected, still seek to operate a "separate but unequal" system of education based on stated inequities that provide for their students to receive more "benefits" even as students within the same environment must absorb those inequities in the form of overcrowding, less access to specialist environs and an eventual overburdening of their schools resources by students who return to the non-Innovation classroom post October 1.
Bill LaceyBut as you cite the need for facts, let me agree that you and the citizenry are, indeed, entitled to facts. Here are basic understandings associated with both Innovation schools: These schools, if and when they are accepted by the sitting School Committee, are not subject to a decrease in staffing as is every other public school in New Bedford making them indestructible by RIF standards. Unlike the other schools in our system they are not subject to the standard practice of hiring based on criteria agreed upon by New Bedford's teaching force and those elected as overseers. Interestingly enough, it also appears that they are prepared to operate with an administrative staff that has no experience in the day-to-day, real world understanding of school administration, making them ripe for failures of procedure that would require our schools system's infrastructure to repair.
Bill LaceyAll that being said, Mr. White, I still had a nagging question burning in my head... That being why a resident of Teaticket, Massachusetts would have such a keen interest in the going's on of a school system so far removed from your own place of residence. But, I believe I have managed to answer my own question with a few brief moments spent on Ancestry.com Perhaps, Mr. White, your interest in the Renaissance School is a "relative" matter... having its own "self interest" built in...