Meeting with the Superintendant of Seattle Public Schools Dr. Susan Enfield and her staff., September 15, 2011, Filipino Community Center.
- 24 people in attendance representing the leadership of ethnic based community organization in Rainier Valley (Filipino, Vietnamese, Asian, Latino, African American, Somali, Ethiopian).
- Three funding sources are being pursued to support the groups efforts – Community Coalition For Education Results, United Way’s New Solutions Fund, Neighbor to Neighbor Fund
Most Surprising Thing heard
- Betty Patu, District 7 SPS Board member has not seen SESEC plan
- “Don Felders” advisory group being sought for counsel by Dr. Enfield
Most Controversial Occurrence
- Only one African American male in attendance
- Seattle Public Schools has no parent partnership on academics. There is a Parent Leadership Partnership but communications gap exist, no one at the table knew about it
Implications for Rainier Beach
- High performers and challenged students will have problems…the education system in general is a mainstream model
- We need to be our own inspiration and provide our own vision. Our education leaders are preoccupied with the $20 million deficit, not including state cutbacks.