- Let's first of all remember that UPCS teachers actually operate under the EAW contract. In other words, all that stuff about having to throw the contract out the window? Not necessary.
- Let's secondly remember that Clark is an amazing partner in this: they throw tons of support towards UPCS (including, but by no means limited to, tuition for those who graduate from UPCS). This is not a small thing.
- Finally, UPCS is another "buy in" school. For a student to attend UPCS, somebody had to care enough and get enough together to get the kid into that school. There's a commitment involved in having a kid there that isn't true at other schools.
Don't in any way misread me: University Park does great work. Those kids are learning and growing, and (more important) they are enthusiastic about it.
But to suggest that this is a model for education reform, as if one can simply replicate this across the state misses what makes UPCS work: somebody bought in.
We in Worcester--and everyone in public education across the state--educate EVERYBODY: the ones whose parents care, the ones whose parents don't, and the ones whose parents aren't even around. Not every kid has a "buy in" and not every kid buys in himself. He needs an education, nonetheless, and we're responsible for that.
Innovation in education would require recognizing that responsibility, rather than holding up as examplary schools that aren't replicable.