Radical Idea #10

“I would use the $100 million to improve coordination among different education services. The majority of schools do not have direct access to all of the kinds of support their students need — whether it’s social, like mentoring, or a health check for asthma or vision — all of the things we know affect a student’s academic performance. Those resources are not always talking to each other. I would pull together a panel with representatives from each of those agencies and task them with developing a structure to channel their resources. For example, now kids who get in trouble get a probationary officer who ends up being a mentor for that child. But if we just match a student to a mentor the minute he starts to fall behind — before he gets in trouble — it’d be a lot less expensive. Today we’re spending more on the students who have already fallen off the track than we do on keeping students on track.”

John Jackson, CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education

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