For those of you who attended Wednesday night’s Board meeting, you participated in an important evening. You witnessed your colleagues, from all schools and in huge numbers, giving up an evening of personal and family time to be a needed face in support of the truth. You heard the eloquence and passion of teachers, many of whom rarely speak in public, express the reasons they have lost trust in District leadership. You heard students who, on their own, displayed a knowledge of the subject and a strong sense of right and wrong as they addressed the Board on their financial “mistakes”. You heard parents who strongly and clearly demanded answers from the Administration on this financial mishap and lack of transparency in a manner that the Board should have been emulating for the last two years. When stakeholders share the same concerns and bravely standup for what is so clearly right and just, the students we teach are ultimately the winners. We can all hope the Board and this Administration “heard the message”, as the Superintendent claimed they did, and that concrete action is taken now and in the future to begin to repair the fractured trust and damaged relations that have resulted from their dismissive actions and lack of transparency in pursuing policy.
In case you missed it, this is really worth watching. A good place to begin is the 12 minute marker, but make sure you watch the students’ comments starting a little past 36 minutes. You will not be disappointed.