Cantor: Coronado Success Initiative is a longterm pursuit — not a flash in the pan

The Coronado Success Initiative was never supposed to be a one-year miracle cure for over 10 years of purposeful academic neglect.

Nancy Cantor

Our Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board members need to do their homework.

That seems a chronic problem with most elected leaders. Considering our recent business administration problems there needs to be a concerted effort for Governing Board members to understand academic issues unique to the Coronado Complex.

Issues that were designed to decrease enrollment and close the schools Coronado and all of the feeder schools.

No offense to members of the SUSD Governing Board, but how can you approve things without understanding them? Why did you not thoroughly examine the CSI and include the necessary timelines for student improvement?

More importantly, why did you not ask how the decline in student achievement could have gone on for years without district administrators, building administrators and teaching staff seeing a need for remediation from elementary school through high school?

And, aren’t you all supposed to be primary advocates for the education of our children?

So, here we are on the pages of the newspaper scrutinizing to the bone a new program that provides Coronado students what they have been denied for years. The press did not bother, either, to look at the CSI when it was launched, to find out why and how Coronado had been allowed to slide for so long.

The Coronado Success Initiative is not an overnight, a one year, or a two-year cure. It does require documentation and standards, showing improvement from elementary through high school. The program was supposed to be implemented throughout the complex.

So where do we go from here?

Do we run for cover because of questions that should have been asked over a year ago? Do we throw the students to the political wolves just waiting to see SUSD fail? Or do we do the job this community expects and provide quality teaching and learning SUSD can produce?

Editor’s note: Ms. Cantor is a Scottsdale resident and longtime community advocate

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