to boost scores
The Arizona Republic
Dec. 9, 2005
Mark Dowling, who is temporarily in charge of the Roosevelt School District,
said he's forming five committees to help him improve dismal student scores.
One committee will work with student achievement, while another group will
oversee the basic function of the district budget. A third will make sure the
district abides by a 2004 Office of Civil Rights decree related to English
language learners. Others will address repairs for aging school buildings and
Last month, the board tapped Dowling to replace Superintendent Grace Wright
while she is on extended sick leave. "I would want for people throughout the
world" to bring their child here, whether the child is from Vietnam, lives in a
gated community or born on 24th Street and Southern, Dowling last week told
employees who serve as liaisons between parents and schools. "You want the best
there is for our district."
It's a tall feat for a district whose student test scores have not measured up
on the state's ranking of schools under Arizona Learns. A number of Roosevelt
schools also failed to pass the federal government's report card called Adequate
Yearly Progress under No Child Left Behind.
Dowling, however, said this is the time to "work smarter" and announced the new
committees; one is fully staffed, primarily with top administrators, including
principals, while the others are pending appointments.
Norma Muņoz, Roosevelt governing board member, said she expects Dowling to make
"Dowling has my support as long as student achievement and bettering Roosevelt
School District is in his scope," Muņoz said.