Judge Manning Continues Leandro Case, Focus on Failing Middle Schools

Judge Howard Manning, who has presided over the decade-long Leandro case, who has threatened to shut down failing high schools statewide (including several here in Guilford County), who has openly told principals to “improve or leave,” now wants to shift his focus to failing middle schools statewide.

News 14 Carolina (click here for story and video) reports the judge held a hearing yesterday in Raleigh to announce how exactly he wants to start fixing these middle schools…more tests. Oh joy. He visions something such as an End-of-Grade “pretest” so that teachers can diagnose what they need to work on at the beginning of the year instead of waiting until the end of the year when it is too late.

Some schools are doing that already.

An excerpt from the story:

“We want to know all along, from the beginning the teacher ought to give that diagnostic test at the beginning of school to find out where that seventh grader, that child is in math from the sixth grade,” Judge Manning said.

Principals say it’s not easy to add more testing and progress reports but it’s worth it. Some schools and districts are doing this on their own.

“It’s used for all students and it informs the teacher relative to progress and inform the teacher what they need to adjust in instructional tools,” Robert Logan from the NC Department of Public Instruction said.

We will continue to monitor Judge Manning’s efforts as this has strong ramifications for GCS. After all, our own illustrious superintendent just got an 8% raise tied to “performance gains” here in Guilford County. Today’s High Point Enterprise has a complete story on his raise.

The image “https://i2.wp.com/blog.news-record.com/staff/chalkboard/archives/Halloween.bmp” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.My question to the Board (except for Darlene Garrett, who was the only one who had the guts not to give this man a raise) is this: did you question why he made alleged disparaging comments to the the state assistance team at Andrews a couple of years ago, and had enough disrespect to walk out of a meeting where he was being brief on a released progress report (all this, according to the Rhino Times)…probably the same progress report Judge Manning is using as evidence to THREATEN the closure of several high schools statewide? We still have low-performing schools. And teachers at many of these high-impact schools still have problems getting the supplies they need to do their job.

Things that make you go “hmmm.”

E.C. 🙂


2 Responses

  1. Judge Manning has done more to move eductional institutions forward to meeting their responsibilities to educate every child than any other person in NC goverment. His rulings have had far reaching effects in making teachers aware that every student enrolled in their classes are ultimately their responsibility. The next step is for teachers to redefine how they interact with the students and the communities to which these students belong. Underachievement by certain groups of students is not only linked to subtractive educational policies where transformative education is put by the wayside as teachers teach to the test (or tests in NC) but is also linked the way certain groups of students are taught that they are ‘less than equal”: Native Americans and English Language Learners in particular.

  2. Educator: Thanks for writing in.

    You will not get an argument from me, as in my opinion, Judge Manning seems to be doing June Atkinson’s job. It is gotten to the point where we need to listen to what Judge Manning says, rather than the spin coming out of DPI. The Leandro case is not dead, and it is not going anywhere anytime soon.

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