Alonso's 2011 school reorganization plans meet little opposition
The two public forums centered around the closing of one city high school and the reorganization of four other schools drew very little opposition from school communities this year. Two public meetings were held Wednesday and Saturday of last week to discuss Alonso's recommendations, due to be voted on by the city school school board in January.
The third year of "Expanding Great Options" plans, announced by Alonso last month, is notably less radical than previous years. During his tenure, Alonso has orchestrated the closing of seven failing schools over a two-year period, and relocated five schools to other facilities. Last year, he closed five schools, replacing two of them and merging a third with an expanding school. Those recommendations were marked with contentious debate.
I wonder what was different this year: Are school communities just more accepting of change? Or has Alonso convinced the city that he's targeting the right schools?