My school has not made it off the list. We’ve been on it for years and now we have arrived at the last stop, restructuring.
Why haven’t we made it off the list? Is it our failure? Did our mentoring program fail us? Or is one year too short a time to make changes? Would replacing the staff help or hurt? Is it impossible to make it off the list, given our demographics (large numbers of children who fall into one or more of these categories: poverty, special ed, African American, Hispanic, English Language Learners)?
What will the Prince, our kind and well-meaning principal, do with this information? What will he tell us at the beginning of the year? Will he tell us, as he has each preceeding year, not to worry about it? Or will he get serious, set standards, hold teachers accountable, and start fighting?
And how am I going to let go, emotionally? My summer is draining away rapidly, I still have things to cross off my summer to-do list, and I feel like I’m about to go over a waterfall.