Board Meeting Comments

Meeting 20211118

Meeting 20211118

H4: Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP)
Sara Felder
11/17 02:44pm
Agency/Org: Woke BR
The magnet office is irresponsible and out of control. They do not care about equity. They come to the board and y’all always grant them whatever they want without them showing data to prove they can do whatever claim they make. Why are they never asked to prove ac demand for another bold idea? They manipulate the data to tell you they want some thing and there is no quality control. So many half-baked Magnet programs out there that don’t get any supervision because they have decent test scores. they get them high test scores but very few programs adhere to the theme. Look at the demographics closely at the magnet programs they are highly segregated by class and ability. Show us any magnet program that is not disproportionately middle-class and upper middle class students without disabilities? Look at the magnet programs that are schools within a school. look how the magnet office continuously tweaks admissions to serve more white kids.

I2: Broadmoor Middle School Site
Mary K Trigg
11/18 03:19pm
Agency/Org:
As an EBR visual arts teacher, I am very excited about any opportunity to increase participation in the arts for our kids. I am concerned that our current programs need more funding and support. Not every school has a dedicated visual art teacher at this time. Band directors need assistants at the high school level and funding for supplies is pretty low across the board. Visual arts teachers currently get $700/ year to buy project supplies for hundreds of students. I think we should invest heavily in the arts on a school level so that all our kids have the opportunity to grow their skills and then after we have given every child access to high quality instruction, starting with having a full cohort having the chance to go through the new Broadmoor elementary program, then we should consider starting a conservatory school. It worries me that any program requiring a portfolio for admission is inherently excluding students who have not had a chance yet to access to good arts instruction.