Here's his latest on the school district. He graciously gives a shout-out to the bloggers, parents and others who have been diligent on this story. He is suggesting an education summit. The responses seem lukewarm and who can blame them? These summits, blue-ribbon committees and reports never seem to go anywhere.
My suggestion was for parents (maybe via PTA or any other group), teachers (via SEA), principals (via PASS) and any other groups convene in their groups and have three tasks.
- what, for your group, would do the most to restore your trust in the leadership at headquarters?
- what actions does your group believe would do the most to help our schools, short-term and long-term?
- besides lack of trust, what actions/programs/plans does your group feel will not help your school and/or the district move forward? Please explain why (cost, efficacy, slow roll-out, etc.)
Do this within the next 2-3 weeks. Convene together and compare notes. Look for common ground. Look for compromise and consensus. Have staff sit in and listen (they don't facilitate or talk unless there is a question). Then have the Superintendent and Board craft an action plan.
That's my idea and reject it or shape it as you may. I just don't see having a summit first.