by David Safier
I haven't done my homework on TUSD's magnet program, but based on what I've read, I would like to see Willis Hawley, the man appointed by the courts to oversee the district's deseg program, give the district a little time to get this thing right before deciding to shut down some of the programs.
There's a new Supe in town, and H.T. Sanchez looks like he's energetic, innovative and up for a challenge. He's also got a newly constituted board where the majority supports him. The new board/leadership team deserves some time to work out district problems and move things forward.
The three schools with magnet programs mentioned for closure, Carrillo and Davis elementary schools and Pueblo High, have Hispanic populations of 86% or more, far above the district's numbers, and one of the purposes of the magnets is to attract more diverse student bodies to the schools. But the district is in the middle of an efficiency audit and demographic study. If the results are used as a starting point for change — not a given, obviously — the magnet programs can be looked at in conjunction with other issues, including the expansion of University High, and a comprehensive plan can be built rather than dealing with issues in isolation.
Give the new folks a little time to make positive changes. If they screw up, Hawley can always step in.