In my previous blog entry, I wrote about Tracy Mason, of San Marino, California, who is organizing parents to challenge homework policies in her District. Here’s her follow-up email to parents who have expressed interest, urging them to come to the meeting, sign an online petition, and vote in the School Board election. (In The Case Against Homework you can find other samples of follow-up emails.)
SMUSD HOMEWORK REFORM NEWS
from Tracy Mason
I continued to be excited about the overwhelming response to my efforts toward homework reform. I shouldn’t be surprised, however, because intuitively I knew that many parents in San Marino shared my concerns. While I recognize that we have various personal opinions and experiences related to the “homework experience”, I think we can all agree that we believe it’s time for SMUSD to evaluate the current homework policy and practices. We parents have been loyal partners with the district in the effort to provide our children with a quality education, and SMUSD owes us the respect of addressing our concerns.
Don’t forget about the meeting:
It’s very important that you make a statement by attending this meeting! My email distribution list continues to grow daily, but your presence at the meeting will really help make our point. We may have coverage by both the San Marino Tribune and the Pasadena Star News, so this is your chance to be heard! I do not anticipate meeting on a regular basis, but instead using technology to form an online advocacy group which will share information and work together toward common educational goals.
VOTE VOTE VOTE! Don’t forget, today is an important school board election. The current board members have been very receptive to listening to my concerns, and I hope that we can continue this dialog.
“In The News” – Have you seen this article “Schools Turn Down the Heat on Homework?” Originally published Jan. 19th, 2007 in The Wall Street Journal, Author Nancy Keates discusses homework policy changes that some elite schools in affluent areas are making. It’s A must read!
What can parents do? To find out what other parents are doing to ease the homework burden: stophomework.com
Okay, more to come! Don’t forget to forward this email to other parents who may be interested!