If you want to see TUSD at its best, look at it when the Magnet School pipelines were working. Yes, there actually were years when Holladay and Utterback were functioning magnet schools with incredible programs. When my son toured Utterback, we had to avoid the large numbers of dance students practicing in the hallways in order to go to the music lab where students were composing and then into the computer lab where they were making advertisements and posters to enter into a competition. Now those hallways are empty, and there's not a dance teacher in sight. What is that about? That is about a District that seems unable to actually put Magnet funds into the schools that deserve it, that is about a District that seems unable to put MUCH of its money into the place that it is supposed to go. While the Superintendent and the administrators pull down hefty salaries, the magnet schools and programs are left to wither and die on the vine. First, a string of principals, then an overabundance of substitutes, then choosing academic test prep over a neighborhood liaison, then .....you name it, it doesn't add up to student success.
This is a topic that I have brought up at the school board meetings for years. Notwithstanding, we have seen smoke and mirrors instead of constructive spending on the magnet schools, we have seen budget shortfalls instead of windfalls, despite the unchanging nature of the Desegregation budget. We have seen smear campaigns directed at the Plaintiffs Representatives and their lawyers, and outright lying by administration about where financial support was being placed. It is time for a Board that is truly committed to integration and truly committed to the Unitary Status Plan. It is time for TUSD to get out of the desegregation case by DESEGREGATING, not by trying every legal trick in the book. It is time for change.