Principals who put children first and know every student's name...well behaved, well-mannered students...students and teachers enthusiastically engaged in instruction...mini-college curriculums...caring discipline...dedicated bus drivers, custodians and cafeteria workers...a family atmosphere....clean, well landscaped facilities....
These were some of the recurring themes echoed by participants in last week's community shadowing program of Montgomery Public Schools.
There were recurring concerns as well: making parents partners and not leaving parenting to teachers, turnover in school leadership, increases in teacher-student ratios with the ages of students, funding and resource shortfalls and renovation needs, safety and security in junior high and high schools, a need to simplify the process of replacing ineffective teachers, dealing with bullying, drop out rates.
Overall consensus: rapid progress and improvement is occurring. Visit a school and see for yourself. The better the school system, the better our community.