Following the speakers at last night’s Board business meeting, Superintendent Vargas gave his report to the community.
Commissioner Elliott was concerned that only an estimated 20% percent of students will be engaged in extra learning opportunities. She was more concerned with time on task than the increase in instructional time suggested by the superintendent.
Is the time taken for test prep, testing, and post testing, considered time on task?
Commissioner White was concerned that the Board did not receive the report but was only hearing it at the meeting that night.
Commissioner White was also concerned that the report had no time frame, it did not represent the majority of the schools in the city, and there needed to be more targets and goals. He went on to say that, while the report outlined the problems in the district, it offered no solutions and called for the Superintendent to work with parents, students, and the community to formulate solutions.
This community has been coming to the Board with relevant, researched based solutions to the problems we have been facing for more than ten years.
Commissioner Powell was concerned with the “No Tolerance” policy of City government as it targets young Black and Hispanic males for harassment. Commissioner Powell suggested that there needs to be a conversation between the Superintendent, Mayor, and Police Chief about the negative effects this policy has on the attitudes of these young men.
Doesn’t that fall under the purview of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, chaired by President Malik Evans?
Commissioner Elliott pointed out that the district has it’s own policies that harass our students. She gave an example of a student at Freddie Thomas who was given two days in the In School Suspension room for wearing the wrong color shirt to school.
This has been happening since the uniform policy and ISS were instituted years ago.
This community has not been silent during our descent to the bottom.
Our children deserve a School Board that actually welcomes the help and guidance of the community.
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