Commentary by CSDC Board Chair Tom Nida on the resurgence of learning and hope in Southeast Washington.
(Hanover, MD, October 27, 2011) CSDC Board Chair Tom Nida reflects on
the decline and resurgence of learning and hope at his alma mater
as a result of a unique partnership between a charter school
operator and the traditional public school system in the
following commentary in the Washington Times:
College and careers come to Anacostia
Charter and public-school partnership
reignites learning and hope
Recently, I returned to my alma mater, Anacostia High School in
Southeast Washington. As a graduate of the class of 1966, who had
not stepped inside the building since, I was invited back by the
principal, Ian Roberts, who gave me a personal tour of the
facility. As the former chairman of D.C.'s Public Charter School
Board, which regulates the city's public charter schools, I knew
about Anacostia's educational woes. I was familiar with the
difficulties in getting the vast majority of Anacostia's students
to grade level in reading and math, or even to guarantee their
safety on campus. Mere survival was a sign of success.
Link to complete commentary.