Superintendents of large urban school districts don’t last very long – and for good reason (“New L.A. Unified chief previews 100-day plan,” Los Angeles Times, Feb. 11). I fail to see why Alberto Carvalho, the incoming superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, will fare any better.
During the 28 years that I taught in the mammoth district, I saw firsthand how the best laid plans of superintendents never became reality. Urban school districts serving diverse student populations are too large and sclerotic to change. All the energy in the world is not enough to overcome the obstacles such students bring to class through no fault of their own.
New York City, home of the nation’s largest district, is a case in point. Despite reorganizing its central headquarters, renaming its head chancellor and spending more per student than any other district, it continues to post dismal results.
(To post a comment, click on the title of this blog.)