Like many of you, I check this blog daily and am thankful for all of the great information that gets posted, primarily due to the efforts of Melissa & Charlie. We can judge which subjects are the hot issues from the number of comments a post generates. But, unfortunately, we don't have a great way to measure and track which suggested solutions are the most popular. And the only way to participate is by typing a comment.
I've been playing around with some web technology I think can help:
IDEAS FOR SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The idea is simple: There's a list of suggested solutions for Seattle Public Schools. Anyone can add additional suggestions, and everyone gets to vote on which solutions they like most. To prime the pump, I entered a couple of ideas and Charlie added a bunch of his. Now it's ready for all of you to jump in. We'll forward the link around with upcoming CPPS communications. Please forward to your friends.
If the experiment works, it will be like a bunch of online petitions that form automatically based on what parents and communities want. We've seen that messages to the district are most effective when we can demonstrate broad, city-wide support for ideas.
Big changes are afoot with the new student assignment plan, so now more than ever we need a unified parent & community voice. The district is holding lots of meetings, but we know from experience there's a big different between attending meetings and being heard. I encourage all of you to visit the site and make your opinion heard.