“I need more information, because on the face of it, I just don’t believe that these seven proposals are going to move us to where we need to go,” Henderson said of council member David A. Catania’s education proposals.
Catania (I-At Large) described his legislative package as an effort to spur stronger academic achievement, particularly among the city’s poorest children. Henderson said pieces of the legislation are intriguing and could be helpful, such as a proposal to send more money to low-performing high schools.
But she raised questions about other, more dramatic changes, including one that would give principals far greater autonomy over school budgets and another that would mandate consequences, including closure, for underperforming traditional public schools.
Henderson said the urban school systems that she considers models for improvement, such as Boston’s, have succeeded in part because they’ve chosen an approach and stuck with it.