First, we would like to thank everyone who has come from neighborhoods nearby and from across the city to the first three community meetings. Each of the comments, questions, complaints and compliments from parents, grandparents, teachers, school leaders, activists, school support staff, union members and interested taxpayers will help us craft a stronger unified enrollment proposal.
Last week, we were in East Boston and Mattapan for five hours of citywide community meetings. We were grateful for the many voices in the room and the robust conversations.
We’ve thought long and hard about how to structure a different kind of community meeting, one that elicits more dialogue from all participants. We set it up to allow for small group and full group discussions on the key issues being put forward in the Mayor’s proposal. So far, we have been encouraged by the conversations this format is helping provide.
We hope you’ll consider joining us for the four meetings still to come – in South Boston, Grove Hall, Jamaica Plain and the West End. See the complete list at our website, BostonCompact.org
And if you or someone you know can’t make it to a scheduled meeting, please make sure you check the website because the full story of the Compact and the unified enrollment proposal is there for review. You can read the Mayor’s plan in eight languages as well as Mayor Walsh’s remarks in rolling out the proposal.
you can share your thoughts on the proposal by taking our quick survey online – just click here to do so
. We would appreciate your assistance getting the word out to your friends, family and neighbors both about upcoming meetings and this survey.
We’ve committed to sharing details from the community meetings and posting regular updates on the Compact website and on our twitter feed, @BostonCompact
Now for a new feature… One thing we’d like to do in these emails is answer questions we’re hearing regularly. If you have any questions, please add them when you fill out the survey
or email them directly to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. This week’s question:
Q: What is the process for considering/approving the Mayor’s unified enrollment proposal?
A: The Mayor announced his proposal on September 17 before a group of BPS, charter and Catholic school principals at the Reggie Lewis Center at Roxbury Community College. The Compact released details of the concept before citywide community meetings started on October 8. There will be seven meetings around the city before Thanksgiving. In December, the Mayor intends to reconvene community members to share feedback received in the meetings and address how this feedback will inform his vision for a final proposal. Next, a memorandum of understanding will be developed and come before the Boston School Committee and the individual charter school boards. State legislation will be required to allow the city proposal to proceed.
On behalf of the Compact's Steering Committee, thank you for your dedication to the education of all of Boston’s children.