In reference to an earlier post.
Found some very interest (and quite dusty) sections in the Board Policy.
811/R – Education Equity Excellence Committee
“The Board of Education’s goal is to provide an educational system that meets the needs of all students and leads to the attainment of educational excellence by all students, including students of diverse backgrounds. The Board recognizes that educational excellence and equity require open channels of communication with the community. The Board believes the District will be most successful when the community is aware of and understands the District’s efforts and goals. The purpose of the Education Equity Excellence (EEE) Committee is to foster a climate of equal opportunity, educational excellence and success for all students. Additionally, the committee will foster two-way communication and collaboration between the District and its stakeholders.”
oops. It is my observation that the community is quite clueless about much of the District’s efforts and goals. I agree that the District would “be most successful when the community is aware of and understands” these things. On the bright side, I see the efforts of Dr. Wiegand, Dr. Taylor and several other administrators that are trying to build bridges and form pathways of collaboartion. It is very slow, but it is progressing. Having said that, I still believe the EEE should be disbanded as it exists today.
805 PUBLIC INFORMATION PROGRAM
“The Board of education endorses the concept that public schools belong to the people by virtue of the fact that the public schools are created by the people and supported by taxation of the people. Public support enhances the Board’s goal to provide an educational system that meets the needs of all students and leads to the attainment of educational excellence by the students.
Continuing support for public schools depends on the community’s awareness and understanding of the District’s efforts and goals. The Board recognizes its responsibility to provide the community with information regarding the policies and programs of the District. The Board intends to provide channels of communication through its own efforts and those of the administrative staff to carry out its responsibility.
The Board directs the Superintendent to plan, and implement a public relations program. The District’s public relations program will be driven by the following objectives:
1. To develop public understanding of all aspects of school operation; to ascertain public attitudes toward issues in education; and to discover the public’s aspirations for the education of their children.
2. To secure adequate financial support for a sound educational program.
3. To help citizens feel a more direct responsibility for the quality of education provided by their schools.
4. To earn the good will, respect, and confidence of the public with regard to the schools’ staff and services.
5. To foster understanding of the need for constructive change and solicit public advice on how to achieve educational goals.
6. To involve citizens in the work of the schools and the solving of educational problems.
7. To promote a spirit of cooperation between the school and the community.
Approved May 8, 1989″
Got to love these really old policies. 🙂 Let’s see…. 1989, that was 24 years ago. What strikes me about these concepts laid out in this Policy is that they basically define transparency; or rather, the effects of a good practice in transparency. Again, the point is not to shake fingers at each other and call each other bad names – the idea is to be “constructive”, to bring the stakeholders to the table as collaborators, as essential, critical and pivotal members on the same team.
In fact, in re-reading these objectives, I am falling in love with them. The public relations program is supposed to help “develop a public understanding of all aspects of school operation.” Wow! “Discover the public’s aspirations for the education of their children.” Wow!! You know, just thinking, I don’t see “it’s all about the children” here. Just keep reading; man, wouldn’t it be really cool to find a board candidate who ran on these principles and had the teeth to do something about it? =) To wit, I believe that many of the current candidates do adhere to many of these objectives, just stated using different words (like the overused “transparency” buzz-of-the-day).