Mea culpa and it happens sometimes.
I didn't read through the MOU for Creative Approach Schools thoroughly and I missed a key point. It cuts out ANY oversight by the Board.
This is unacceptable.
We elect a School Board to have people accountable for decisions made about our public schools and our public school dollars. While I think it is fine for district staff and SEA leaders to okay a proposal, the final decision must be the Board's.
I think my tip-off was when the question was asked about the passage about bringing in groups to help with these changes and when Asst. Superintendent Thompson was asked about who they might be, she shrugged.
This won't fly.
As I said in my testimony this cannot be a backdoor for astro-turf or charter groups to get their foot in the door of SPS with no oversight by the district AND the Board. Lack of oversight by the Board could lead to exactly that.
I don't really care if it is only a "might lead to..." - we cannot give up the oversight of our public schools by elected officials. That's why I don't like charters - most of them are not overseen by elected officials.
I urge all of you to ask the Board to table this motion and/or consider writing an amendment to make sure they are part of this important process.