It was an exhilarating week here at the Boston Compact, as we advocated for a renewed Compact at the BPS School Committee meeting and prepared to host families and community members for our first citywide community meeting on Thursday! We hope short updates like this one will help you stay in the loop through a busy fall season.
Last week, the BPS School Committee discussed renewing the Compact with their charter and Catholic school partners. Chief of Education Rahn Dorsey and Ross Wilson, Managing Partner of Innovation at BPS, reviewed progress to date as well as the Mayor's and Steering Committee's hopes for the collaborative work ahead. Rahn and Ross were joined by Boston Charter Alliance Chair Shannah Varon and me, to hear intriguing questions from the committee and the community. We also had the opportunity to meet enthusiastic parents like Cassandra Cumberlander and Sholonda Ancrum, who spoke passionately about the possibilities of cross sector collaboration and families’ need for an easy-to-use, one application, one deadline enrollment system.
As the Boston Globe’s Jeremy Fox astutely noted in his profile of Rahn Dorsey, published Monday, “Since his appointment to the key position in Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration, Dorsey has quietly worked with district, charter, and Catholic schools; Boston’s colleges and universities; and philanthropic organizations to build collaborations aimed at improving education for all young people.”
Today, we hope to answer some of the questions around the premise for unified enrollment by sharing with you the framework of the Mayor’s unified enrollment proposal
. We urge you to take a close look and to participate in one of the seven community meetings to share your input and help us build upon this foundation to create an enrollment system that works better for families throughout the city.
Please join us as we kick off our series of citywide community meetings tomorrow (Thursday) at the Kroc Center, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Childcare, Spanish and Cape Verdean translation and refreshments will be available. We encourage you to bring your questions and insights to the meetings through the end of the calendar year. Please find a date and location that is convenient for you here
Shortly after these seven meetings, we will share what we have heard and what we have done with feedback. Date and time TBA.
On behalf of the Compact's Steering Committee, thank you for your dedication to the education of all of Boston’s children.
All the best,