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All, I certainly did not make myself clear. I said maybe it was up to the new super. to figure out, but I certainly meant with community input. That is what we are providing, and hopefully he will listen. Perhaps a reasonable solution can be found, and we can move to a workable solution for this drastic problem... a city-wide problem. The more voices the better.
The Principal and VP have been invited to set up a community conversation about the vision for #16. Once the date, times & place is set up, we need to make sure that neighborhood parents know about it so that they will also support the new and improved #16.
Eleanor is absolutely correct.
We CANNOT leave it up to the Superintendent to figure out. A very appropriate quote here is, "If you do the same thing over and over, you get the same results." We, as a community, have allowed others to make decisions for us. Somewhere in here we've handed over our power and the understanding that WE are the consumers, these are OUR children, and WE have knowledge and experience about what is working and what is not that comes from raising our children and not a paper document.
I understand your comment on no busing, but ideally, there would be no busing. We would have community schools where children could walk from their homes, and the schools would be of such excellent quality there would be no question. How do we achieve this? Maybe that is up to the new superintendant to figure out. It would be the ideal, and we would have an excellent city school system with nobody wanting to go somewhere else. We'll see what happens.
The attached chart includes some questions offered by Elliot Washor & Charles Majkowski from an article entitled, "It's Deeper than You think," in the Huffington Post, 2/2/12) that we might ask students to answer in regards to their education: IMG_NEW.pdf
Points to Consider from community members:
We would like our work to contribute to the long range stability and improvement for RCSD education in the SW and we need your help. Would you be able to provide any insight on this matter?
Some examples of helpful information are:
SWCC Education meeting Sat. 7/28/12
In attendance: Alice Carli, Jackie Farrell, Leah Watson, Mary Reese, E, Jamall Watkins, Brenda Driscoll, John Boutet, Terry Davis, Dawn Noto, Deborah Wight, Charlotte Geibel, Joan Roby Davidson
Regrets: Eleanor Coleman, Sandra Fink, Margy Meath, Mary Adams
Our “To Do” List:
Set up a community conversation with the principals (before the start of school)
Set up forum with Dr Spezio and Mary Thomas in which community members ask questions.
Develop a set of community criterion that school staff can expect us to hold the school accountable to.
Continually encourage more community members, especially parents to become involve in education in the SW and support their continued involvement.
Join the community group that will guide the rebuilding and reopening of #16.
Encourage neighborhood leaders to continue their efforts to impact schooling in the SW with renewed vigor.
Long range: use our influence to impact academic programming, bussing, principal selections and the graduation rates and college success for SW residents.
Good results from the School Board meeting last night, with an amendment added by Mary Adams, that resolves that the school will reopen in the fall of the school year immediately following the completion of repairs....without that, it was unclear whether the school would be reopened for students, used for another purpose, or closed. The amendment makes it clear that it will continue to serve the community as a school - and that it can become the neighborhood school envisioned by many of the 19th Ward residents!
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