“Bashing public education is as American a pastime as apple pie and The Jerry Lewis Telethon. It’s a constant target- whether on the campaign trail, in an investigative report, or just as a topic of conversation between neighbors. Everyone has an opinion on how the problem can be fixed, or who’s to be blamed for the problem to begin with. Real solutions, however, always seem to be allusive. It’s as if we’re all waiting for Morgan Freeman to channel his inner Joe Clark and break out the bullhorn.
Enter Beverly Hall, the Superintendent of Atlanta’s Public Schools.
Last week, Hall was named the 2009 National Superintendent of the Year at at the American Association of School Administrators’ National Conference on Education in San Francisco.
Hall’s a widely respected administrator that encountered a catastrophically bad system when she started on the job ten years ago. She required low-performing schools to implement rigorous literacy and math programs, increased training for teachers and replaced ineffective principals.
Atlanta’s school system is one of 11 urban school districts to improve scores in each subject and grade level between 2002 and 2007 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. And while everyone involved in that improvement deserve kudos- students, teachers, parents, administrators, volunteers- let’s give Dr. Hall her proper due for her stellar work.