I would like to believe that the district wants to effectively and in a timely fashion communicate information to parents. Is that what they do? No.
I actually don't know whose duty it is write what shows up on the webpage. I don't know whose duty it is to put up the information on the website. Are they told "Get this up ASAP, parents need to get this information quickly." (I have the smile when I write that - who am I kidding?)
Like the Superintendent, I think most of the people who work in Communications have the skills necessary for their jobs. But they get their direction from top and basically, they serve as public relations for the Superintendent. Not the district and certainly not the Board. (I've heard complaints from the Board about being able to get their own message out. What they might want to say might not always jive with what the district has to say.)
The Superintendent has completely taken over Communications and she decides what we hear and learn about our district. The message is in her control.
Which brings me to this comment:
I'd love to get involved. But what can we do, really? Isn't this a done deal?
This district is made of the people who work there, the children who attend the schools and the parents who choose to enroll their children in those schools AND support those schools.
So, yes there are things that can be done but they have to be done in a large group and loudly and repeatedly. Like shampoo - lather, rinse, repeat.
If you feel like your school's PTA or parent group feels your concern(s), band together and make a plan. Need help? I know Charlie and me and other activists are more than willing to help.
I say with great sadness that I don't think the Seattle Council PTSA is the place to go. I've tried over the years and it always seems like they are more interested in supporting the district's view than supporting the parents. I respect everyone there who work so hard (and they really do) but I have always wonder why parents never get the backing from the Seattle Council PTSA that you might expect for a parent group.
A done deal? The Board members are there for a limited time and elections for the majority are next fall. The Superintendent, well, she's a pretty ambitious person so I'm thinking once she gets TFA (and sees charter legislation on track), she will exit our district. The NSAP? Please. That's a work in progress and I'd say at this point the only thing that's a done deal on that is its a neighborhood plan.
We're voters, we're parents and we should flex some muscle. Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is.