About the choice of school.
– Should we continue with the four innovation schools created by MISD (Milam, Goddard, Bunche, Carver Center) and their separate boards or should we fold them into MISD?
– Should we expand, contract or stay about the same with partnerships in the district with third-party providers (YWLA, IDEA Travis, Sam Houston College Prep)?
Midland ISD offers innovative programs to meet the unique educational needs of MISD students. All MISD students currently have the opportunity to apply and qualify to attend the school that meets their needs. It would be doing a disservice to prevent a student from attending a school that would help them to flourish. Midland parents can choose neighborhood schools, MISD innovation schools, and district charters. Currently, there are also six high school options for MISD students. My goal would be to continue making progress towards ensuring a high quality learning environment for all students at all MISD schools.
When parents and students have a choice, they:
Parents made it clear that these schools are wanted and needed by the communities they serve.
The data proves that these partnerships within the district serve MISD students and achieve results. If current partnerships educate students and achieve the goals of MISD, we should not deny students the education they deserve.
Each contract should be reviewed and evaluated on its own merits. If the partnership is working and successful for the students, then it should continue. If the partnership is not successful, we need to look closely and have conversations about the effectiveness of the program and how to improve the program to achieve better student outcomes.
We should not deprive students of these schools of opportunity. Instead, let’s focus on how MISD can provide a similar experience in every school. As a board member, I will focus on hiring a superintendent who will empower our campus leaders to create opportunities on every campus. Every campus and MISD program must improve student outcomes.
Our workforce and community benefit from a thriving school district.