An angry parent recently asked me, “where is the accountability in public education.” I responded, “public education has many layers and levels of accountability.”
When school districts are strong, property values are higher. Successful schools are desirable for young families; it also means established families have the option to sell their homes at a higher price. The community elects the Board of Education; tax levies require voter support. Accountability is part of our culture; it is critical in high performing districts.
Covid-19 has increased engagement with school leadership. We’ve had thousands of people on Zoom Meetings and attending virtual Board Meetings. This crisis has increase conversations and debates about our learning modality and safety protocols. The community’s feedback is short-cycle accountability; we read every letter, listen to each phone call, and appreciate the shared resources.