- I'm putting on the moderator hat for a moment to remind all of us that
the West County Parents made a decision early on not to take a stand
on either political candidates or ballot measures. With the school
board election on the horizon, we need to remind ourselves of this
policy. This is a great forum for sharing information but we chose not
to be a cmapaign platform in the interest of respecting the diverse
opinions of the members of this group.
I agree with where I think you're going with your last paragraph.
What's important for our District is the growth of a rich political
culture of various intersecting (and non-intersecting) types of
groups, not just one one-size-fits-all uber-group of all the "good
I would also like point out some further things I like about M4E even
though I am more conservative than the general tendency of M4E and I
do sort of see Kevin's point about the "scope" issue for M4E.
1. M4E has a certain political flavor, but they are very non-sectarian
and civil. I think anyone without a chip on their shoulder would be
comfortable at their meetings.
2. M4E manages to get things done in a way that doesn't require any
single charismatic leader.
3. M4E has concrete accomplishments they can point to:
a. There is of course the march itself.
b. Then there is the way in which the group has leveraged their brand
name from the march to continue to pressure various politicos in
Sacramento for fairer funding among districts.
c. M4E made a major contribution through its forum and publicity
efforts to help keep the last Board election focused on issues that
mattered (like would you fire the Superintendent).
d. Without any real guidance or much time, M4E put together and
presented their own concrete alternative plan for schools that would
be punished by NCLB as potential Year 5 schools.
On 6/28/05, SarahCreeley@... <SarahCreeley@...> wrote:
> Thanks, Charley, for your correction about West County Parents.
> I appreciate your info. Laura and Jane and David Whitnack(sp), and Helen Bean
> were very active with learning about the budget. I didn't realize the group
> went back 2 years, but that does make more sense.
> Thanks for your comments on M4E , too. The group has not been co-opted. There
> has always been an emphasis on statewide issues such as Prop 98 and equity in
> education throughout the state. M4E has also been active with learning about
> No Child Left Behind Act. I haven't been as active myself, as of late, in
> terms of going to meetings. I know the people who are more actively involved, and
> they are a community mix of good people who care about kids.
> The PTA's are one source of community feedback. There are many groups in our
> district community. I hope we will have an administration that works to be
> inclusive and transparent in their actions when working with these groups,
> including M4E, UTR, SSCs',
> Redistricting groups, etc.
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