An old thought that won’t die: Schools that are doing great work are problems and not solutions

Alan Borsuk:

One of my all-time favorite Milwaukee School Board anecdotes is from maybe a dozen years ago when Reagan High School on the south side was a rising star. Student success was impressive and enrollment was increasing quickly. The school started out as part of a “small high school” initiative and had grown to more than 1,000 students because so many parents and students wanted to enroll.

At a meeting, one School Board member demanded to know who authorized the school to grow so big. How did this happen? The school’s success was treated like a problem, not a solution.