Parent Action Network

Parents have a unique role to play in creating systemic reform for children across Silicon Valley. Public institutions tend to be only as effective as the public demands they be. In communities where parents are organized, public schools tend to be more effective.  Innovate Public Schools supports parents across Silicon Valley to build organizations in their communities that can support district reform efforts and hold the system accountable to the needs of their children, through information and leadership training.

Redwood City

We are currently supporting a group of parents in Redwood City who are pushing to bring new high-quality public school options into their community. Parent leaders been meeting since late 2012 to research options and do outreach to the community and to local elected leaders. On March 18, 2014, more than 300 parents came out for a Community Action Forum, which was covered by the local media. Soon after, KIPP and Rocketship, which are both networks that currently operate charter public schools in the Bay Area, submitted petitions for new schools in Redwood City to open in fall 2015. More than 40 people testified in support of the new schools at a public hearing on May 14.

Latest Updates

On June 25, the Redwood City school board unanimously approved both the KIPP and Rocketship schools!

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We will continue to keep you posted. To close, we share these inspiring words from Pastor Orlando Cardona, who spoke at the action meeting: “We are here to find solutions.” We look forward to working together with our partners at the school district towards our common goal – a great education for every child in Redwood City.

Media Coverage

  • Some of the parents leaders who have been meeting and volunteering since early 2013 to bring new school options to the community.

    Some of the parent leaders who have been meeting and volunteering since early 2013 to bring new school options to the community.

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