An incredible group of south end parents has been drafting a SE Parents’ Bill of Rights for Quality Neighborhood Schools. We have had about 20 parent leadership graduates from Community & Parents for Public Schools to get the ball rolling on this, and they are ready to share it for more input and buy-in.
Next week we’ll be sharing it in a formative way (for advance notice, input, support) with School Board Director Betty Patu, and district Executive Directors Michael Tolley and Bree Dusseault. Ultimately, we’ll have parents bringing their statement to the school board, to board candidates, to the Superintendent. And, we’d like to get principals and teachers and PTAs to buy in as well – the idea is that this might become a tool for parents to refer to in asking for the changes they’d like to see and in working with the school system to improve quality across the board in SE.
So…first opportunity to give feedback is this Thursday evening – 6-7:30pm at the Rainier Beach branch public library. Come with your friends and neighbors. Please spread the word!!
Other dates include:
Sat. 10/8, 10am – RB Library branch
Wed. 10/12, 4pm – Beacon Hill Library branch
Sat. 10/22, 2pm – Columbia City Library branch
This sounds like a parent empowerment going on and good for those parents. If you live in the SE, please make plans to attend one of these meetings. There is strength in numbers.
Also, CPPS is having a "Parent Friendly" School Board Candidate Forum on Monday, October 10th at Washington Middle School, from 7-8:30 p.m. It sounds really interesting and will include:
- "grab bag" rounds with parent-generated questions
- informal candidate interviews between rounds
- open format for parents to drop in and still participate at any point
- chance to talk with other parents
- activity tables for school-aged kids