I suppose I should be happy that there were no serious accidents or other snafus on the first day of school earlier this week. But somehow, the assurance that "the last student was dropped off at their home by 6:53 Tuesday evening" leaves me somewhat underwhelmed.
Believe me, I understand how hard it must be to safely transport 70,000 students every day to and from their homes to schools that could be a dozen or more miles away. And given that difficulty, 6:53 could indeed be the very best anyone could do.
But that's the problem. The student assignment plan isn't being implemented poorly. It's just fatally flawed in the first place.
Because the plan puts the goal of diversity head and shoulders above any other consideration – like quality of education or family cohesion – we're stuck with a situation in which, no matter what we do, some kids aren't getting home until more than three hours after getting out of class.
I don't know about you, but if I hadn't gotten home from school yet by 6:53, I'm pretty sure my parents would have called out the National Guard.
School should be a learning experience – not an endurance test in which travel hours rival total classroom time. If we can't do better than this – and I'm not sure we can – then I have to wonder if moving kids around this way is worth doing at all.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.