We cannot assume that all administrators are going to have strong ties to the community or a deep personal commitment to children but we need to ensure that they will act in the long-term interest of schools and their students.
In order to fix the schools, the Bloombergs and Blacks need to fix the kids. But this would require a tectonic shift in philosophy, from penal to uplifting, from frenetic to calm, from dictate to reality.
Some people say that they don't want education to become political. But with the election around the corner, it is hard to avoid the reality that local and state politicians have the power to lead our communities in many directions.