Thursday, October 25, 2012

Back to School: What's happening?

Last night, at Parents United's citywide parent meeting, several dozen parents from across the city gathered together to talk about the most pressing issues facing our schools. We heard from a parent who had ! 38 kids ! in her daughter's kindergarten class at John B. Kelly. A mother from GAMP spoke about how her fifth grader could lose bus service next year due to budget cuts; meanwhile parochial, charter and private school students are guaranteed yellow bus service. A parent at Greenfield said quality instruction is pushed to the back burner while a mom from Franklin Learning Center talked about how much she wants cross-cultural dialogue and an anti-bullying program at her school, but struggles to make it a priority with all the problems the District is facing. Parents talked about the lack of investment in neighborhood schools and how inadequate "choice" is when the neighborhood school fails. A lottery isn't exactly an option.

So tell us, what's the most important issue facing your school this year?

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