Alonso addresses 'State of Schools'
Baltimore city schools CEO Andres Alonso delivered his annual 'State of the Schools' address Tuesday, sending a message that despite the district's recent setbacks--including across-the-board test score declines and more schools fabricating their gains under his tenure--city educators should be proud of where the system stands as it prepares to open its doors to students in two weeks.
Alonso, who signed another four-year-contract amid the system's backslide, told hundreds of principals Tuesday that he was their "brother in arms, in what I believe is the most important battle facing our city today." He said that educators should continue to focus on the progress they've made over time, which he acknowledged began before he arrived in the district in 2007.
He then went through a 74-page powerpoint presentation outlining the city's academic and climate data, which noted an increase of suspensions, and slight upticks in attendance rates and the number of diplomas awarded; the system noted decreases in the number of habitually truant students.
As the system prepares for a very critical year, what do you think is the 'state of city schools?'