Parents Are So Important
Get involved in your school today!
Over the past few months as I've visited schools, spoke with teachers, parents and students, I heard about many great achievements that so many have accomplished in our Oakland schools. Many of you told me about the dedication of a teacher, the perseverance of a student and the commitment of supportive parents. As a parent with a daughter in Oakland schools, these stories resonated with me so deeply. We've made so much progress within our school district but there's still much work to be done.
As a parent, I wanted to share with you a helpful resource, OUSD's 2013-2014 Parent Guide. It's available in several languages and gives a great overview about the programs, issues, goals and policies of the district. Download it and print it out today.
The next few months will be key for our students and I want to make sure that everyone is prepared to bring their voice to the table. Every newsletter that I send out I'm going to include 3 things that you can do to get involved in your schools. For this issue, they are:
Together, I know that we can make sure every school and every student receives the education that they deserve. If you have suggestions about topics to include in this newsletter, or have a question for me, email me.
Join the Parent-Teacher Association at your school. If one doesn't exist, talk to the principal about starting one today!
Learn about some of the key things affecting our district, such as the Common Core curriculum, and Local Control Funding Formula. When you have the right information you can help us make the right decisions.
Attend OUSD Board meetings, let your voice be heard. I need you, the experts at our schools, to let me know what is happening everyday.