Eli Broad, founder of the Broad Superintendents Academy has published a step-by step guide on how to close your public schools in order to "open them to choice."
83 pages in print. Highlights Include:
-A suggested Timeline: You have a lot of work to do the first year before you let the community know you plan to close their school (seen throughout)
-What verbiage to use to sell the public on school closure(p. 23)
-How to Schmooze the school board and other identified stakeholders to accept your closure plan (p22-23)What, you thought the community would initiate their own school closures?
-Hiring consultants (throughout many pages)We have have to hire more and more 6 figure consultants in order to save the tax payers money we're never giving back. If you're a superintendent, i'm sure your friends are more than qualified to fill these consulting roles.
-How to keep closures secret until the last possible minute (p. 26-27) Minimizes community anger.
-How to avoid answering specific questions from the public about closure (p 25) (families aren’t to be notified of any type of specifics until 2 years into the plan, teachers aren’t notified until several months after that)
-A handy formula to reassign kids to justify closure (p.31)
-How to making the public feel like they are a part of the decision making process (even though they aren’t) (27)*
-How to answer the public’s questions without answering the public’s questions (26) Don't mention specific schools, mention "the process".
Plans for the now empty buildings (p36)
“A difficult and often divisive task, closing schools is something that every school district eventually faces. Only by facing school closures with an empowered leader, ongoing engagement with the community, perseverance through to implementation, a reasonable timeline, and a sharp, unwavering eye on better educational opportunities for students will districts achieve the most favorable results from school closures. By learning from the successes and failures of efforts highlighted in this guide, district operators will be better positioned to run smoother, less rancorous, and ultimately more successful closure efforts. (p 40)
*in the last several months there’s been a lot of blow-back among the community on this topic in several cities, sparking in some cases, Civil rights lawsuits. Broad and co. may want to rewrite this chapter.