Last Wednesday I presented with a team on behalf of our district to the CA State Board of Education, sharing detailed data as to why they should reject the petition to create a new Northgate school district.
After presentations and public comment, the ten State Board of Education members voted unanimously to reject the petition.
A huge thank you to my fellow team presenters which included expert legal & data team David Soldani and Shin Green, as well as Meg Honey, who volunteered so much of her busy summertime to bring her teacher/parent perspective and expertise on nationwide trends of segregation to the table. This was all well supported by Superintendent Clark, his cabinet, and especially his assistant Laura Juranek, PIO Theresa Herrington and district IT team Eric Stephens & Mario Hernandez.
And thank you to each of YOU - parents, teachers, community members, staff, elected officials - who wrote or called in to the State Board!
One of the board members even described public comment as "thunderous". One hundred percent of the public comment calls were in opposition to the petition.
Settling this issue means that we can now unite in working TOGETHER for excellent education for all.
There are so many ways for everyone to get involved, and all of your perspectives are important:
Visit this district page to see how to volunteer in a classroom or join a district parent or student advisory committee,
ask your principal how to join your school site council,
join your school parent group - PTA, PFC or PFA, or
volunteer for the community led nonprofit Mt. Diablo Education Foundation.
I started my involvement as a kindergarten room parent, and from there volunteered in different ways each year - from organizing the school science fair or bike to school day, to coordinating with my city for safer routes to school. I've been a PFC president and PTSA member, so I love to share tips between parent groups.
What are your ideas? I'd love to hear them. Please reach out to me directly or attend one of my coffee meetups.
Together we can build even stronger public schools & communities for everyone.