ACTION United meets with top District staff
By Deborah Russell... on Feb 23, 2011 05:46 PM
Who was it that said the joke about pit bulls and hockey moms?
Well, how about asking what's the difference between pit bulls and Philly parents? On Feb. 4 you would have had to say "nothing."
Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has seemingly evaded a parent and community meeting at least twice, says ACTION United. But the parents keep trying and trying; showing up at SRC meetings, calling her office, that sort of thing.
The latest rendezvous was set for Feb. 4, but that never happened either. ACTION United's Will Browning explains just what happened:
The day started with a phone call from the administration, stating Dr. Ackerman was ill and would not be at the meeting. We proceeded with the meeting as scheduled.
ACTION United, joined by PSU, and other allies gathered at 440 N. Broad to meet with Dr. Ackerman and staff. Present were Dr. Nunery, Mrs. Matthews, Mrs. Averette, and Mrs. Nixon for the administration. We discussed our previously released report and other matters, zero tolerance, budgets etc... Overall the meeting was positive and we will meet again in a month.
We had previously met with Mrs. Matthews, but this was the first face-to-face meeting with the other staff. Our time was limited to an hour and we lost 10 minutes due to parking issues (none assigned). We verbally jousted for another 10 or so minutes about inconsequential issues. We were able to get the District to address two parental issues regarding staffing changes at two schools, but received no substantial answer to an organizational request.
We did agree to meet within the next 30 days and the request, which was presented in writing, would be answered then. We would also discuss the school budget, the master facilities analysis, SAC (School Advisory Councils), and Renaissance Schools.
Overall we felt that there was a newly formed acceptance of ACTION United as a parent organizing group that has active, concerned parents and will continue to press for solutions and change. There appears to be promise.
Thank God for their tenacity and willingness to forgive. What about you … interested in joining ACTION United at a meeting with Ackerman? A new meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. on March 11 at District headquarters at 440 N. Broad St.
Tell me your thoughts about how the plans keep falling through. Coincidence or not?