With all the hullabaloo last week about teacher assaults, I didn't have a chance to blog about Dr. Alonso's proposal to give principals $2,200 for each student performing above grade level (in both reading and math in elementary school, and in either one or the other in middle and high school).
The statistics are staggering: More than 800 of last year's first-graders were performing above grade level, compared with only 83 seventh-graders. There's a common perception that kids in Baltimore come to school unprepared and already have a disadvantage going into kindergarten because their families haven't given them basic tools for academic readiness, such as reading to them regularly. These numbers throw that theory out the window, suggeting that the city is doing something right when it comes to early childhood education.
So then what happens?