La Marque Independent School District’s detractors — and there seems to be a professional cadre of them — scoff at the notion that you get better education by replacing assistant principals with deans at the high school.
The criticism misses an important point.
The school district’s job right now is changing a culture. It’s no secret that the culture of the past just didn’t produce acceptable results. Talk about “refining” the system or making “small adjustments” to the finely tuned engine wouldn’t help. What’s needed is fundamental change.
The district is trying to change its focus, and that’s reflected in a change of titles and job descriptions. The new deans are supposed to focus on academic goals, not disciplinary goals. It’s an attempt to put educational goals first.
If you could do that by changing titles and job descriptions, it would be worth doing. If you could do that without changing titles and job descriptions, it would be worth doing. It’s just worth doing.
The La Marque school is not perfect. It could, for example, do a better job of getting up to speed on open government laws. But the people who are running the district have the right idea. If given enough time, resources and public support, they could turn the district around.
They ought to be given a chance to make this plan work.