Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I may be wrong about the school board decision
After receiving a couple phone calls from Chester Upland school board members who voted No, I have a better understanding why they believe that's the best way to fight Mr. Recovery.
Apparently, there was a lot more included in the document they voted on that has not been reveled in the newspaper articles. I was given an opportunity to read the actual document but I'm not in a position to receive it right now.
What I was told is that by voting Yes, the board forfeits any opportunity to challenge Mr. Recovery's decision, despite comments that the board's input would be considered.
Therefore, the No vote gives the board some leverage to challenge Mr. Recovery's plans using outside influence since working directly with him has proved fruitless.
My hope is that all nine board members can agree on a plan of action and work together quickly and intelligently to challenge the proposed plans, some of which seems quite unreasonable.
I must share that both callers were disappointed with the lack of parental presence at all school related meetings - PTO, Board, Recovery, etc.
It looks like at least a few folks on the the school board aren't going down without a fight. If we could get a hundred parents to fight with them there's a chance that the recovery process may become a lot more reasonable.