The Standard Times published a piece today that I found a bit troubling.
A group of newly minted community organizers now have what it takes to talk about local schools face-to-face with city residents after graduating United Interfaith Action’s first Family Advocates for Education class Sunday afternoon
That’s right. There are now “boots on the ground” to push the talking points of the innovation schools agenda. They cold-called people in the city and got volunteers to train to pitch school reform around the city.
Maybe it’s a good thing. Maybe these folks are not pushing an agenda or suggesting unreliable alternatives. Maybe they’re just lending a helping hand. A majority of them are Spanish speaking. Perhaps they’re providing the translation services the district so desperately needs. Maybe they’re organizing parent groups and hearing their concerns, then acting as a liaison between the parents and the school district. Maybe they like the current school system and aren’t disillusioned by the “benefits” of charter schools.
Maybe not, too.