April 10, 2000
A new era may be dawning for education
On Saturday, April 1st, parents, educators, and administrators came together for candid discussions of topics chosen by the attendees. Attendance by district employees, including those who do not live or have children in the district, was a large percentage of those present, but parents were able to voice district problems or "opportunities for improvement."
It was pointed out that out-of-district transfers and home schooling represent dissatisfied parents and students. The consensus of parents was that the district minimizes the significance of these people and will not divulge the number of transfers and home school school students. One parent wrote a letter to the forum complaining that a field trip to Tacoma is planned for middle school students on their registration day.
Among the topics chosen by attendees were the following:
Anders Tronsen, Duvall
- Scheduling, Cedarcrest 4-period scheme, and annual calendar. Parents reported that they believe the calendar makes instruction periods too short and fragmented, and that the schedule at Cedarcrest forces inappropriate progressions and voids in teaching math and other intense subjects that need timely reinforcement and rational class progression. Half-days and mid-winter break were popular targets of disgust.
- The other popular discussions were those addressing construction of athletic fields; diversity and respect for individuals with unpopular or minority cultures and lifestyles; and how to improve opportunities for gifted and challenged students.
- One parent convened a session on "How to overcome negative election votes on school issues (levies and bonds)."