Nicole Markwell and Nicole Iroz-Elardo from the Scott School PTA went to the DBRAC Community Forum at Madison High School on May 10th. The handout from the meeting is available here:
Under the current proposal, Scott will go from a K8 to a K5, and will *SHRINK* from 473 students to 393 students (basically 2 strands of immersion, 1 strand of neighborhood). Similar shrinkage is happening at Lee and Vernon. This is not a good thing for the future of Scott School. We will not be able to have a robust K5 at this size. We will continue to bleed FTE. We will have Art, PE, and Library because the state/district mandates them or there is a specific revenue stream, but there will be no extras. Please ask a PTA member if you want more details on how this proposal will be harmful to Scott School.
YOU MUST SPEAK UP.
We must let the district know that this is not OK. Tell them you want 2 class of immersion and 2 classes of neighborhood at each grade for a total of 550 students. Tell them that before the reopen neighborhood schools nearby (Rose City Park), they MUST make sure Title I schools are not under-enrolled.
HERE’S HOW TO DO IT.
Linked below is a letter in English (Spanish coming soon) that you can use to advocate for better boundaries. We will also be putting it into a petition form.
Please add the information below and email this letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Priot to sending it, put a 1 paragraph personal note at the top that speaks to why you personally are troubled with this boundary situation. You could say something like this:
Dear PPS School Board and DBRAC,
I am a parent of a ___ grader at Scott School. I am writing to urge you to direct PPS staff to return to the drawing board in NE. This document reflects my concerns.
The current proposal is very inequitable, under-enrolling Scott and other Title I schools while opening an additional K5 in the neighborhood. This is disappointing to me because _________(Our school’s budget is already stretched thin, it is racially discriminatory, our neighborhood program is unstable). Please provide an equitable scenario so we can re-engage in larger conversations in implementation.
Scott School Parent
The more we advocate for ourselves, the more difficult it will be for PPS to continue to ignore the needs of our school. Thank you for your support!