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.
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.
On June 25, the Redwood City school board unanimously approved both the KIPP and Rocketship schools!
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.
- Mercury News: Board approves opening of two Redwood City charter schools in 2015
- San Mateo Daily Journal: Plans for charter school bring concern, support: Two proposals in works for Redwood City; organizers’ goal is 2015 opening
- Mercury News: KIPP, Rocketship charter schools in Redwood City sought by parents
- San Mateo Daily Journal: Two charters seeking out Redwood City district: Parents express frustration with students’ performance in school
- Mercury News: Two groups apply to open charter schools in Redwood City district