We have been receiving quite a lot of mail about this company called “Supes” that, similar to the Broad Academy that brought us Dr. Atkinson, ‘trains’ superintendents and other ‘leaders’ for school districts.
Below is a link to a nearly two-year-old article showing that this “Supes” Academy won a $20 million no-bid contract with a Chicago school district to form and run a “Chicago Leadership Academy”. (Sound familiar? Atkinson tried this at DeKalb as well on a smaller scale.) For some reason, these companies seem to think that the cure for what ails our schools is to pay them really, really big bucks to train more leaders.
Why do we care? Well, now we are also getting word that our search firm, ProAct has ties to this Supes Academy. Broad… Supes… whatever you call it, in our opinion, it’s a waste and yet another way to drain the coffers intended for the classrooms of America.
The simple fact is, hiring more and better qualified teachers, giving them smaller groups of students and a strong support network of assistants and specialists will get the job done. Like we always say here at DSW2, “It just ain’t rocket science.” Ask a teacher what he or she needs and you will be on your way to resolving the issues. Layer on top of that, programs to address poverty, hunger and idle time and this country will make a dent in the economic divide. No nonsense, old-fashioned ideas are what we need. Not a bunch of overpaid consultants whose only recommendation seems to be to hire their own overpaid ‘leaders’.
You can’t really ‘train’ up a true leader. Leaders are just kind of born to lead. Or they have so much experience that they truly know the right thing to do and can articulate why. We need a leader with a proven track record leading schools — someone who has been there and done that.
We look forward to seeing the resumes on the list of superintendent candidates submitted to the board by the liaison committee. Hopefully there are at least a few of them who are not Broad or Supes graduates and agree that just as an old-fashioned bowl of chicken noodle soup can make you feel better when you’re down — aligning the budget to focus on classrooms, along with simple, hard work and strong teacher support is all that is needed to turn our academics around, thereby providing each of the youth of DeKalb an opportunity for a bright future.