Parents from Stamford: Caregivers continue to ask tough questions

Parents From Stamford: Caregivers Continue To Ask Tough Questions

Thanks to the parents from Stamford

As an ‘expert’, you know what is best for your child. Thanks to many of you who have committed so timely and resolutely, five members of the Education Committee have managed to force the supervisor to abandon the infamous and impractical schedule of the 4 × 4 high school block. After five months of complete anxiety and the policies of the Education Committee, you have proved that a home ‘constitutional republic’ can make a difference. By using democracy and your constitutional right to express your opinion, you have ensured that the complacency of the Education Committee has not hampered the votes of the majority and common sense legislation.

You also unanimously gave all students from 9th to 12th grade the opportunity to strive for the “happiness” of learning and not for the fast schedule of 4 × 4 blocks.

But don’t stop now – keep asking tough questions that our central office administrators should answer before the A / B block is introduced. They know the answers and they have to answer!

  1. How does this new schedule block help our students learn better?
  2. What is the appropriate role of the Education Committee?
  3. What other issues should we be concerned about as parents?
    • What are the failure rates in grades 9-12 over the last 5 years at AITE, SHS and WHS?
    • Because justice is so worrying, what are the actual statistics and what else can the community do to ensure that ALL students are successful?
    • What are the plans for dealing with chronic absences using the A / B block?
    • Why did participation marks suddenly drop this year (Day 181) for all high schools? Will this happen in the future and why?
    • Besides, why have makeup courses been suddenly revised in the last few weeks of this year and Edgenuity introduced? Will this happen in the future and why?
    • How do demographics change the offering of Advanced Placement and Honors courses? How many of these courses have been missed in the schedule for next year? Will this become a permanent pattern?
    • Why are grades configured differently as of autumn 2022 (Mastery Learning & G4E Grading for Equity)? How this will help our students learn, achieve and succeed in preparing for graduation and beyond.
    • Why are intermediate and final rounds not necessary? What other assessments will be used to evaluate learning? How these assessments will be shared with families and the Education Committee in the middle and end of the semester.
    • Why are families leaving the county and what are the actual numbers?
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In the statutes of the Board of Education (9000), it is the responsibility of the BOE to inform the people of Stamford of the aims, values, conditions and needs of our schools. Please proceed bilaterally and demand transparency – the 4 × 4 block schedule was introduced in December 2021 (the first time teachers and administrators heard about it) and then became mandatory three weeks later, in January 2022. Rather In addition to powers, listening and a spirit of collaboration with all employees and parents of Stamford Public School.

As parents, you are not only experts when you need to know what is best for your child, you are also community leaders that the Education Council should listen to. Stamford kids need your voice and critical questions need to be asked … there is no better time than now!

Rebecca Hamman
Stamford, CT

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