So, as a public service, I'm going to open this thread up for more of those. And, in a couple of days, I will forward it to the Board. It would be helpful if you at least identify your region (possibly school?) so that Directors get an idea who's writing in.
1) How come committee agendas don't get posted 48 hours before the meeting? I have been waiting and waiting to see the Thursday Audit&Finance Committee meeting agenda and it's still not there.
2) Reader A wrote to me about concerns over the Middle School Social Studies Materials Survey that was sent to parents. She found several flaws including the fact that only those with internet access will answer the survey. Another was that she saw no way to take the survey in any other language.
She also said that question 5 had three technology answers - mobile apps, online texts and online resources - out of six possible answers for "future curriculum." There was no space for "other" or for any parent feedback on what to look for in curriculum.
What is really weird is the survey asked parents to rank "font size" and "include graphs" in the curriculum but not things like "accuracy" or "reliability of information" or "citations to source material."
3) Why is information around SBAC testing so hard to find? Testing schedules are not at all school websites and parents are getting varying degrees of information include what type of device their child will be using for the test. There appears to be no SBAC testing listed on the district calendar.
4) Reader Southie says this:
Non-English-speaking families do not have translations of the testing regimen plans.5) Why does BTA IV seem so technology directed when so many schools have building issues?
Non-English speaking families do not know their students do not have to take this test.
Further, the use of the word 'refuse' instead of 'not take' in official district English material is culturally loaded. For many of our South End communities, refusal of the government equates to dire personal safety ramifications.
6) Reader Ticked asks:
Has anyone noticed how correspondence from SPS switched from "to the parent/guardian of Name, Last Name" to the name of the father?That seems odd as it is entirely possible for a student to have a guardian who is not their parent.
7) Reader Exasperated asks:
Can someone give a single good reason why we can't have a consistent school calendar from year to year and why it can't be confirmed until almost the end of the school year each year.
Why does it have to be renegotiated every freaking year (can't they figure out a few years at a time and lock it in)?
Why can't they at least start the process earlier so we can have a calendar out at a reasonable time?