[Summit] Marcus Mitchell

Emlyn Addison noisyblocks at gmail.com
Wed Oct 29 14:40:28 CDT 2014

My issue with the Ciancis (and Jacksons?) of the world is that everything
might be said to run fine with them at the helm, but falls apart as soon as
they leave, taking with them whatever support system might have made their
(alleged) successes happen in the first place. So with every incoming
electee, we're to start at zero again?

We need thinking that builds _sustainable_ systems and institutions; they
can't only work because one guy has some friends. With the right people
heading them, and sensible priorities, the systems we build should be
surviving and evolving.

I'm agree, in principle, with the charter school philosophy--to find the
best methods and practices--but I absolutely don't agree with how the
current model seeks to accomplish it: to effectively build a second set of
train tracks beside the existing one.

Despite this, I still favor Elorza. As with anything, the best course of
action likely sites somewhere in between. Here's a sound bite of Elorza on
leadership positions at schools:

Of course, smart leadership is only the tip of the iceberg.

On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 3:06 PM, Jeffrey Cavanaugh <jeff at cavanaugh.org>

> I agree, the Cianci issue alone may not be enough to throw Jackson under
> the bus if you like him.  I don't know him, and he hasn't paid his fine.  I
> have a low tolerance for lawmakers and enforcers flaunting the law.
> Moreover, I know Marcus a little bit, and many who support him, and the
> fact that he worked for that guy in Philly does not make me worried.
> I think with Cianci it comes down to how much of the unproven stuff you
> believe. There is already a new one brewing with the recent Crossroads
> thing:
> http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20141027-two-men-collecting-mail-ballots-at-crossroads-were-police-officers-deputy-chief-confirms.ece
> I have a low tolerance for bullies, and he's been mayor TWICE.  Also, I
> don't have the perspective that Providence was a "renaissance" city during
> his second tenure.  In general, cities in America have done better in many
> ways since the 80's.  I don't look at a politician's tenure as "did life
> get better", it's more, did it get as good as it could have, given what he
> inherited and what the economic and social climate and other larger forces
> were.  As the longest serving mayor in the US, Cianci has no one to blame
> but himself.  While waterfire is nice, it does not an economic base make.
> The tallest building in RI sits empty and this gradual loss of "anchor"
> businesses has gone on a long time.
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