Monday, November 24, 2008

Data-Driven McGinley Forgets Data on Schools

Data-driven. Isn't that what Charleston County Schools Superintendent Nancy McGinley claims for her every decision, for every waking moment as she contemplates the future of CCSD's schools? Thanks to an eagle-eyed former educator, she has been called on the carpet for forgetting the most basic of her mantras.

From Monday's P & C's Letters to the Editor:

"School defense lacks statistics"

Monday, November 24, 2008

"I am a retired educator and am always interested in education in our state. I regularly buy The Post and Courier in my hometown and keep up with the education issues in Charleston.

"I enjoyed the Nov. 14 article about the single mother, Candace Capers, and her commitment and sacrifice to ensure that her three children get a responsible education and better life than she has experienced. I greatly admire someone independently taking responsibility for one's life situations.

"I was perplexed to read in the Nov. 19 issue the superintendent's response to Candace's situation. While I appreciated reading about the fine credentials of her administrators, I had expected Dr. Nancy McGinley to address more specific issues — mainly statistical information.

"What do current statistics show when comparing the reading grade level of peninsula students to students in Mount Pleasant schools?

"What do current statistics show about personnel turnover rates in peninsula schools compared to schools in Mount Pleasant? For example, what percentage of teachers leave the peninsula schools within the first or second year compared to Mount Pleasant schools?

"How many schools on the peninsula offer foreign languages (other than Buist) compared to the number of schools offering foreign languages in Mount Pleasant?

"To me, these are significant issues that would entice someone like Candace to seek education off the peninsula for her children. Unless the statistics can show comparable standings, I would expect more individuals to seek educational opportunities for their children elsewhere, and I would commend them for doing so.

"Nothing should be more important to parents than the education of their children.

Alston Court

Thank you, Ms. Griffin. You've eloquently made our case!


Anonymous said...

Nancy McGinley seems to have forgotten an old saying. She can fool all the people some of the time; she can fool some of the people all the time; but she can't fool all the people all of the time. As long as the voters of Charleston County don't take the time to consider what missing as this letter writer has observed, "some of the time" is going to be a long time for the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

The thing about is that the information she provided about her administrators are not true. Mr. Dixon was never SC Teacher of the Year. Melvin Middleton never grew up on Charleston's Eastside.How does she explain this false data? I have never seen such incompetence in all my life.