Lots of noise lately on eliminating middle schools. Here in Philly Mr. Vallas is being quoted in these stories because a) he's been working to reconfigure our schools, going to a mostly K-8 model; and b) well, he likes being quoted.
What did he do in Chicago with middle schools? My memory fails me on this one. I think Chicago already had gone to a K-8 model, and had very few middle schools when Vallas was there, yes?
I think most education folks would agree that reconfiguring grades -- whether it's going to a K-8 model or creating "freshmen academies" -- is a bit like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. These are measures that give the impression of "doing something" -- but ultimately don't improve outcomes for kids throughout the district.
In this blog Link: post there links to a few of the news stories and to the Johns Hopkins study, which is cited as evidence of success for the K-8 model. (But check those report findings closely.)
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