DCPS is forming five parent advisory boards for school year 2018-19. The deadline for signing up is midnight tomorrow, Friday June 22.
The boards are:
–Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Board
–Deputy Chancellor for Social Emotional and Academic Development Parent Advisory Board
–Deputy Chancellor of Innovation and Systems Improvement Advisory Board
–Special Education Parent Advisory Board
–Strategic School Planning Advisory Board
NB: Some of the boards will have as members people who are not necessarily affiliated with DCPS. To be fair, DCPS is selling these as parent and community advisory boards, and community members are often valuable sources of information and engagement.
Except for the *who* of those community members.
Does that include paid staff members of advocacy groups?
Does that include charter school parents who currently don’t have a child in DCPS schools?
(And let’s not forget: Does the charter board have DCPS parents advising it? I know the charter board has definitely ignored DCPS parents.)
And then there’s the messy little problem that by doing this, DCPS is helping ensure the continuing disenfranchisement of its own parents from their schools.
(Yes, it starts at the top: Hi Mayor Bowser! Hope the chancellor search is going well! How about following the law and including parents and teachers with it?)
So, be sure to sign up–if only to remind DCPS of the folks with real skin in the game.