The Charleston County School District wants (right!) public feedback on its goals for 2016. So Monday night you can attend a meeting at Wando High School where you can listen to a power-point presentation, or even see a video perhaps, that shows the goal that by 2016 in CCSD 93 percent of third-graders will be on grade level in math, etc., etc.
Don't you wonder what legitimate feedback would consist of? Are you going to stand up and complain that only 90 percent should be the goal, or are you going whole hog and proposing 100 percent? What if CCSD polled the district and voters said that they wanted 95 percent? Would CCSD change the goal?
Perhaps someone will inquire why the district needs goals, or another will demand a 10-year plan. How about a one-year plan? Is someone going to ask how much each additional percent will cost the taxpayers?
You can see that this exercise gets sillier and sillier.
These meetings are a public-relations substitute for transparency in the district, pure and simple.
Allow me to substitute a goal: decrease the administrative overhead in CCSD by 15 percent per year for the next five years. Hire more teachers with the savings. Then eliminate the superintendent. Her salary alone should hire another 10 or so.