LynNell Hancock, the mother of two Montclair High School graduates, grandmother of a Montclair fifth grader, and professor of journalism at Columbia University blogs on Valerie Strauss’ column “The Answer Sheet” about what she feels is the reason for the “clash” between Superintendent of Schools Dr. Penny MacCormack and the community parents/residents opposed to her:
This is a Montclair I hardly recognize. It’s not the children, the quality of the schools or the town’s democratic values that have changed. It’s a paradigm shift in school leadership, a top-down technocratic approach that narrows its focus to “fixing” schools by employing business strategies – more testing, more administrators, limited interference by the public or teachers’ union.
Read the entire blog here.