This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.
A “dash for cash?” Perhaps. But the Tacoma School District’s plan to overhaul its poorly performing middle schools may be just the kind of radical change students need.
What is certain is that the status quo isn’t working. The children who attend Hunt, Giaudrone, Stewart and Jason Lee consistently score as groups in the bottom 5 percent statewide.
Poor performance in middle school is a good predictor of failure in high school and beyond. Doing more of the same won’t get those kids where they need to be.