I read some disturbing news about the T. T. Minor Pre-K program today. Since I believe there is always more than one side to an issue, I'd love to hear from district staff or insiders who could provide a different perspective on this. What I read (below) sure doesn't sound good.
Seattle School District Trying to Close Successful Pre-K at T.T. Minor
T.T. Minor has been informed by the Seattle School District that its Pre-K program that has been successfully operating for eight years must be either replaced by a district program or shut down!
Our Pre-K program has been funded by the generous contributions of the New School Foundation. That funding ended this school year.
Knowing that, Principal Laura Brown went to work to ensure we could keep Pre-K for the 2007-2008 school year.
Principal Brown made arrangements with First AME Church to provide half day Head Start modified to align with T.T. Minor’s kindergarten program and the YMCA to provide enrichment for the second half of the day.
All of this at NO COST TO THE DISTRICT.
For over a month Principal Brown steadfastly fought to keep our Pre-K program. But in the end, T.T. Minor was given options that don’t benefit the children at all:
1. Allow the District to install a developmental AM/PM Pre-K program. These would be half day classes consisting of 9 students with developmental challenges and 3 students receiving general education.
2. If we don’t choose option #1, then we either must shut down our Pre-K or pay for it with the general fund (which of course barely covers K-5).
This is not just about Pre-K! It’s about protecting our children from a system that clearly doesn’t care about our children’s education!
It’s time to let the Seattle School District know that we’re tired of them making decisions for our kids that end up harming instead of helping!
In Spring 2005, T.T. Minor was put on the closure list. This led to a severe drop in enrollment for 2005-2006.
In Spring 2006, T.T. Minor was on phase 2 of the closure list.
Fall 2006, T.T. Minor must release a teacher because of poor District transition planning.
Now we have 2 overcrowded 2nd/3rd grade split classrooms.
We need everyone to FIGHT NOW because if we’re not protecting our own kids, then we can’t expect anyone else to care!
1. Attend the special parent meeting February 15th 6:30-7:30 concerning this issue
2. Give testimony at the next two School Board meetings (Feb 21st and Mar 7th).
3. Attend the March PTA meeting on March 6th from 6:00pm-7:30pm
4. Spread the word about what’s happening