Saturday, July 09, 2011

School Choice Vote: Gone Without A Trace

Remember the June 14th BOE meeting, the one where the Greece Board of Education was supposed to vote on a School Choice plan? Well, the BOE decided to remove that item from their agenda that night. The proposed minutes from that meeting which will be adopted at Monday night's BOE meeting DO NOT EVEN MENTION BY NAME THAT SCHOOL CHOICE WAS ON THE AGENDA FOR A VOTE!

Yes, you read that correctly. The proposed minutes merely say: Motion: Remove item 3.01 from the agenda for the Board to have further discussion and to receive additional data before considering the resolutions for a vote.

So the bottom line appears to be that BY NOT DECIDING, THE BOE DECIDED ON SCHOOL CHOICE that night in June. They PLAN TO DO NOTHING and the official record shows exactly that: NOTHING WAS DONE. And in the future, someone searching for action on this item won't even find the reference to it in the proposed minutes, because it is only referenced by a number.





Shelly Reitz said...

"Typical" would be the word I would use in this instance. As much as those who oppose the option of SOC, those of us who are for SOC are affected by the lack of attention, or dare I say, complete disregard of this matter as well. As the parent of a child whose education will be significantly affected if SOC is no longer an option, I need to know what changes I may need to make within our lives geographically, to assure that my child receives the best possible education available, epecially if it means finding it in another school district all together. Addressing this issue now will allow parents and their children more time to figure out options as to their future educational needs and where they would be best served. Ignoring it will only hurt the children in the long run. The children of Greece deserve better than to be discounted all together, no matter which side of the SOC debate you are choosing.

Anonymous said...

state and local taxes used to bus affluent white kids to "select" schools... disgusting!!!! Everyone pussy foots around the real issues. These schools are racist and elitist. Poor and minority kids are excluded, whether intentionally or not, it is wrong! BOE members should be ashamed of themselves!!

Anonymous said...

Out of fear of hurting anyone, their ananylsis paralysis will cause everyone to hurt. Ironic, isn't it?

Anonymous said... is on the agenda for discussion during Monday's meeting.

Anonymous said...

The plan on the table was for minor changes to the SOC program NOT its elimination! But those minor changes weren't even considered! Selfish is a word that often comes to mind when I hear SOC parents/BOE.

SCATS said...

To 1:54PM ~~ What is on the agenda for Monday's meeting is: "School Attendance Advisory Committee Recommendations Discussion."

That is NOT what was up for vote during the June 14th BOE meeting. At that meeting, they were to vote on O'Rourke's School Choice Plan.

Anonymous said...

1:54 must be on the board. It's good to know they are monitoring our concerns.

And as Rush (not Limbaugh) said in Freewill: "if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."

Our board chose to continue the school of choice elitism by not making any decisions to either comment or change anything. They decided to keep the status quo.
We could assume they are just not brave. Or we could assume they prefer the elitism offered by the schools of choice. I choose the latter explanation.

Anonymous said...

No. All along, it's been the School Attendance Advisory Committee report and O'Rourke's proposal based on that report that they've been discussing.

Changes to SOC are part of that, but not all of it.

It's on Monday's agenda for discussion.

SCATS said...

To 10:29PM ~~ Actually there are THREE somewhat different documents involving School Choice.

They are:

The Attendance Committee Report -

O'Rourke's Proposal -

And the BOE's 10 Resolutions that they removed from last month's agenda -$file/Schools%20of%20Choice%20Resolutions.pdf