Karim Abouelnaga, founder and CEO of
Practice Makes Perfect, an evidence-based, full-service summer school provider for K-8 schools, has grave concerns about NYC Mayor DeBlasio and NY Governor Cuomo's plans around community schools. He worries that millions of dollars could be wasted unless more expertise, adequate support, and plans for productive interventions firmly in place.
Now is not the time for trial and error. We need to see positive results in our community schools. Simply throwing money at problems does not solve them. If you have students who can’t count to 10, and you throw $100 at them, do they magically learn how to count to 10? No. We need to design programs that will teach them how to count to 10.