Success – One Thousand Parents and Teachers Pack School Board Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, and Board Backs Down

In September, I wrote about parents in Pam Beach County, Florida, who were up in arms about the School Board’s new policy allowing for 60 minutes of homework in 3rd grade and 90 minutes in 4th and 5th. Homework was just one of their concerns. The others included frequent testing, a calendar of skills that teachers were to cover at a required pace, and monitoring by district staffers who would visit teachers’ classrooms to make sure they are following the program.

The parents banded together, set up their own website, Parents for Educational Reform, and more than 1,000 parents and teachers packed the School Board meeting last week to protest and voice their concerns.

The upshot: school control has been returned to the individual schools, which will get to decide whether they want to implement any of those policies.

The lesson to be taken: there’s strength in numbers and we should all organize in our own communities.

2 Comments on “Success – One Thousand Parents and Teachers Pack School Board Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, and Board Backs Down”

  1. Sequoia says:

    I actually found this more etnretiannig than James Joyce.

    December 20th, 2011 at 8:20 pm
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  2. alfiesaden says:

    hi – is it just me !! can any one explain why when i type in the firefox browser “stophomework.com” i get a different site yet whe i type it in google its ok? could this be a bug in my system or is any one else having same probs ?
    alfies

    January 4th, 2012 at 5:49 am
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