I am not enthusiastic about the CORE waiver. I recognize the CORE districts believe their stance is revolutionary, but what the waiver adopts seems to be along the lines of our Superintendent's SSC Saturday speech: Our schools and teachers are not broken, but they need to be fixed with professional development. Our high-needs schools are underresourced, and now that we have admitted that the problem is solved.
None of the changes made for the resubmit make me feel better. I'm still reading the peer review advice, because I keep bursting into hysterical laughter. Who are these peer reviewers who note that community organizations, families, and teachers were not actually consulted? Working only with education reform groups and anti-union firms like Parthenon while claiming interest in talking to families is definitely on the In List for school districts today.