The City Paper reports this morning that a new parent group opposing SSA has suddenly been formed.
MPASS [Metro Parents Against Standard School attire] and its 25-plus members hope to reach out to school board members in the coming weeks through e-mail and written letters.My questions to them is---where have y'all been during this year long process?
Member Ashley Crownover is quoted as saying:
“One of the things that we’re really hoping for is that we can step back and it would be wonderful if this process, which we feel has not been as good as it could be, could just be halted for a moment and we could take a break, a little time for some rational, considered discussion,” Crownover said.While I applaud parental involvement--the timing is way off. These 25 parents missed the boat. They've had an entire year to communicate with their BOE member, attend public meetings in local schools and at PAC and BOE meetings and voice their concerns and ask their questions, write letters to the editor and generally encourage 'rational, considered discussion.'
Sure the process hasn't been as good as it could have been. Perhaps that's because some folks are just now realizing that they should have spoken up sooner and participated in the discussion 3, 6, 9 or 12 months ago. I'm inclined to say--too bad, so sad. At some point the process has to come to an end. April 10 still gives these 25 parents two weeks to watch the old BOE videos with the SSA committee presentations (start here) and read the formal report (here) and do their research and make their case individually to BOE members. But come April 10 the BOE ought to take a vote--up or down, then and there.