We were given novels that were "cheap" in terms of money rather than high in literary value. We were given curriculum guides that direct us to copy passages but no paper and ink to get the job done. We were given curriculum guides days before we were expected to start teaching from them. So much for planning and enhancing.
We were directed not to use the text book (which was due to be replaced years ago) because it lacked rigor yet we weren't given enough copies of the novels to use with the classes. I have also heard it was pretty much the same thing for the middle school ELA as well. And what occurred with our reading data last year? It dropped.
So, I disagree that he is not to blame for this happening. He is a huge part of the reason it happened. Had we been given the tools needed, we could have made great gains. However, you can't exactly teach a child to read without a book and that is exactly what was expected of us.
I know that the argument could be made that we have been given access to Achieve 3000 this year. However, we have always had access to some computer program that can be used to enhance instruction. I feel this is just another one of those tools. It still does not replace a quality novel or quality instruction. I just hope that next year, they take a serious look at the Reading curriculum because what we are currently doing is not getting the job done.