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Pasadena City Councilman Paul Little Letter to PUSD Board Of Education
(10/22/2006)

 

Pasadena City Councilman Paul Little Letter to PUSD Board Of Education
10/22/2006

Dear School Board members,

I notice that you have an agenda item entitled "Three Challenges to Bridging the Achievement Gap".

Knowing that many other school districts are facing the same issues, many actually managing to close the gap through effective programs and strategies, I would much rather see you addressing concrete proposals as to how the achievement gap can be closed and what others are doing to close it.

Hearing more reasons why the task is difficult really only distracts from the fact that you need effective strategies to close the gap. You don't need to hear about barriers, you need to be moving forward to close the gap and deliver a more effective curriculum to your students.

Please ask your staff to come back quickly with strategies they are employing to close the achievement gap. I would further suggest you discuss surveying what other districts in Southern California are doing. Have them find the successful strategies others are utilizing and import them to PUSD.

Focus on the needs of the students, not the reasons your district might find the task challenging.

Finally, one of your own schools has effectively worked to close the gap. Ask the staff and teachers at Willard what they are doing and spread that strategy districtwide.

Thank you,

Paul Little
Pasadena City Council


 

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