The snow day seemed like a good time to write about public schools. Like many of you, public education is one of the issues I feel most passionately about -- based on my own experience as a parent, on the many stories of triumph and frustration that I've heard from families across the district, and on the belief that public education is the bedrock of a city that aspires to genuine opportunity for all its kids.So I was excited on Wednesday night to convene a meeting of parent leaders from across the district. We met to brainstorm and strategize about some of the key issues facing our schools -- budget cuts, testing policy, overcrowding, environmental sustainability, healthier school food, special needs education, after-school programs, and support for PTAs.Together, we started to develop plans to make a real difference in our local schools. Some of the highlights included:
If you are interested in getting involved in these efforts, please contact Jessica Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 499-1090.
- Healthier school food: Building on the great work already taking place in individual schools toward a district-wide initiative.
- Confronting expanded testing policy: Organizing a coordinated push against Kidergarten-2nd grade testing in our elementary schools
- Fighting budget cuts to the classroom: Strengthening the network of parents, students, administrators, and teachers organizing to prevent devastating cuts.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Brad Lander Invites Parents to Help Protect and Improve Local Schools
Hey, public school parents! Just got this email from Councilmember Brad Lander: