During an interview today on the Bill LuMaye Show on WPTF, Tedesco said he's open to hearing what the public has to say about both models. But he was far more enthusiastic in describing the blue plan, comparing it to both the plans developed by Michael Alves and the one he had been working on.
"I think the voters who elected me wanted to empower parents, empower proximity for neighborhood schools, empower more choice and more options when we had options like mandatory year-round in the community," Tedesco said "They wanted to reduce inefficiencies and remove the administrators from making decisions that parents should be making and I think the blue plan does lead to that more."
He called the blue plan "a new dynamic" that "turns the power over to the families," "with a promise of stability" and a K-12 feeder pattern. He touted how the blue plan would avoid reassignment by having new families go to schools with capacity instead of moving students around to deal with crowding and growth.
Tedesco also favorably contrasted how student achievement would be handled in the blue plan as compared to the green plan.
Tedesco said the green plan, which tries to keep schools within 10 percent of the district's average academic performance is, like the old diversity policy, "trying to make the schools look good."
But he said the blue plan answers the concerns from critics that going to a choice plan using proximity would result in many students not having access to great schools or good teachers.
"We've already went and evaluated the schools and the teachers across the district for the most highly effective teachers, the most National Board certified teachers, masters degree teachers, ranking them in terms of teacher quality, not the school's health as the other indicators had," he said. "In the choice selection for individuals, the individuals will be promised that at least one of their five choices will be a school that has the most effective teachers we have to offer."