Monday, January 19, 2009

P & C Editorial Sees Flaws in McGinley's Options

It's not my imagination. Ever since the P & C got a new editorial-page editor, its tone toward the machinations of the Charleston County School Board and its superintendent has changed. See Monday's editorial, School Plan Can't Wait Forever, for the evidence: most of the cheerleading has stopped.

Monday's editorial actually questioned the wisdom of putting a charter school for math and science into a building without science labs. The writer even implied that perhaps, despite her protestations, Superintendent McGinley doesn't really support charter schools. Imagine that!

The writer also suggests that perhaps huge capital outlays for "seismic upgrades" are not the most necessary expenditures in the present economic climate. Of course, some of us would say that they are not the most necessary expenditures in the present geographic location, never mind the timing!

We wait with bated breath the Superintendent's revised proposals, reportedly to be announced on Wednesday. As Mark Twain once wrote,
“Every eye fixed itself upon [her]; with parted lips and bated breath the audience hung upon [her] words, taking no note of time, rapt in the ghastly fascinations of the tale.”
Let's hope some of the more "ghastly fascinations" have disappeared.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, she's issued her final plan. It's on the CCSD website and the P&C has a breakdown of sorts. She certainly made a lot of noise without really doing very much. And how much did that meeting coordinator cost us? You know, the one that never made it past the first meeting.

So where's the savings in all of this? McGinley moves kids around. She hides problems and poor numbers under the data of other schools, but I can't see where she's doing anything to really improve the education received by individual students.

Again, where's the savings?