McFarland is also taking steps to bring parents into the fold.
“Parent and community involvement is as fundamental to school improvement as a good curriculum or effective teaching,” she wrote in a column on these pages last week. “We have learned we cannot simply impose change without building ground-level support from parents and community.”
Bentley is facing a steep challenge, and some of the approaches outlined here may not work. But there is a welcome sense of energy and accountability among the Bentley staff, and that above all is an excellent sign headed into the new year.