Joanne Jacobs notes a Christian Science Monitor article on public schools in Minneapolis trying to respond to competition for the students they thought were "theirs" -- poor blacks. She summarizes the district's response:
To attract students, the district is trying to expand pre-school and all-day kindergarten programs and add "gender- and culture-specific schools, performing arts specialities, and dual-immersion language programs." The district is looking for ways to narrow a huge achievement gap between black and white students.
Note the programmatic nature of this response. If you've read much of my stuff, you know I don't believe in programs -- they don't consistently improve teaching, and teaching is the "stuff" of quality education. So, why doesn't Milwaukee focus on teaching?
#1. The administration doesn't know how.
#2. They don't think teachers can improve.
#3. They wouldn't get the credit.