Saturday, June 04, 2005
Mr. Janey published an extremely weak editorial in the Washington Post recently. One of the interesting things I noticed about what he wrote was that there was no mention of private school vouchers or charter schools. As I observed during the meeting I attended with him, the Superintendent comes off as not a very strong individual. He lacks the passion that it will take to turn around the deplorable state of D.C. public schools. This fact is not lost by the Times:
I am not optimistic.
Mr. Janey is quite familiar with those problems -- and others as well. Indeed, what has been brewing all school year at Jefferson Junior High on Mr. Janey's watch is a microcosm of the big picture that the superintendent claims he wants to address. Jefferson parents and faculty have been speaking with one voice, railing to DCPS about a teacher shortage, aged facilities and poor leadership since last fall. Yet, now that the school year is essentially over, the Janey administration sends its regrets -- via The Post -- about the "unsettled" school year.