Guess I'm confused because I thought it was Valentine's Day and not April Fool's Day.
My confusion is the sudden appearance of the Creative Approach MOU back on the agenda for tomorrow night's School Board meeting. This is action to vote on it. It has NOT been amended in any way. Director Peaslee is wisely offering an amendment to it to make sure there is Board (publicly elected) oversight.
The SEA refused to take it back to its membership. (I'm thinking it has something to do with Jonathan Knapp wanting to be SEA president and worried he would lose face if the MOU had to be reviewed by membership. There's some real courage of convictions for you.)
Here's the crux of the issue. I like this idea of school communities working with teachers and the district to find ways to improve student outcomes using more autonomy and flexibility.
However, what the Board is voting on is to vote itself out of the loop. This is NOT right. Who would be in charge?
The joint SEA/District Recommendation and Oversight Committee, the District Superintendent, and the SEA Board of Directors.
The MOU doesn't even SAY what the make-up of the Oversight Committee would be.
The MOU doesn't even Say what a school community can do if things aren't working. They can't go to the Board if the Board has no oversight.
and then there's this:
SEA and the District agree that any District School Board policy or procedure may be waived by a school whose application to be a Creative Approach School is approved by both the joint SEA/District Recommendation and Oversight Committee and the District Superintendent. The SEA/District Recommendation and Oversight Committee has authority under this MOU to waive District School Board policies and procedures with approval by the District Superintendent.
No, no and no.
Why on earth would the Board vote itself out of its oversight responsibility and give it over to an entirely non-elected group of people?
One group, the SEA Board of Directors, is a constantly changing group of people who, c'mon, have a big vested interest in this MOU.
So I have signed up to speak tomorrow night. There are still several places open on the Speakers list. Please, fill them. Tell the Board to NOT give up its oversight.
Otherwise all this MOU looks like is a backdoor to charters WITH the help of the union. The SEA gets more of what they want and yet, don't have to worry about those charters that don't like to hire union teachers.
Not nice. It's sneaky and just what makes people not like unions.