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The Parent Movement Continues to Inform, Encourage the Community on Working to Keep Class Sizes Small

The Parent Movement will meet to discuss continued efforts to apply respectful pressure on our board to keep class size ratio at 25:1 and will discuss the school district budget.

I smile when I think about the number of parents and teachers sticking around at the 's  

I smile when I think about the parents and teachers standing on the sidewalk at School passing out fliers and gathering signatures on petitions. 

I smile when I think about the number of parents who came to our first . 

But where do we go from here?

Another board meeting is coming up on April 5. The Parent Movement doesn’t want to let up on the pressure. The five co-creators of The Parent Movement met last week to talk about what we are going to do next. 

How do we keep this momentum going? It is no easy task. We all have jobs, we all have families, and we all have kids (they are why we are here, after all). Besides this Movement, there are things like school open houses, baseball games, swimming lessons, soft ball practices, doctors appointments, church meetings, community involvement, homework... oh, and laundry that needs our attention too!

We cannot let up though. This is too important! But what is next?

The Parent Movement will meet again at on Monday, April 2 at 11 a.m. We hope you can join us. 

Understanding the Budget

Part of our mission as The Parent Movement is to inform ourselves and as many parents as we can. We have been looking into the School District Budget and we want to share what we’ve learned. We have done our best in deciphering what we have received from the school board, what we can find on the web, and what the Castro Valley Teachers Association gave us.

At our next Parent Movement Meeting:

  • We would like to discuss what we (as non-accountants) understand about the budget.
  • We want to encourage parents to speak at the next school board meeting and tell the board why 25:1 is important to them. It's important for our board to continue to hear from the community. It's important for them to know that this matter is important enough that we will stand up, put aside our fear of public speaking and be a voice to save our 25:1 ratio, to save teacher jobs
  • We will pass out petitions to take back to your school. We want every parent to sign the petition to reinforce to our school board that this is the will of the community, to preserve 25:1.
  • We will organize our community to go to open houses around our district and pass out fliers to spread the word to as many parents as we can. 

I am still smiling when I think about what we’re doing here.  We are coming together as a community. Teachers are reaching out to parents, and parents are reaching out to other parents.

Yesterday was open house at my child's school. In an incredible act of community, teachers from  and  came to pass out fliers to our families. 

It’s amazing to see our Castro Valley community come together for this common cause of preserving quality education and small class sizes. It really makes me smile.

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Teresa Coleman March 31, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I arrived early for CVE's open house and saw CVTA president John Green and others already there ready to talk to parents and hand out fliers.Many thanks for giving us your precious time and energy.It is difficult to explain to adults (who aren't in a classroom on a daily basis) what happens to a k-3 class when 3 or more students are added to it. As a teacher with over 26 years experience I have taught classes with many different class sizes.Early in my career I had over 30 students.Then came 20:1,then 25:1 and the last 2 years I have had 28 students. The adjustment from 20 to 25 while difficult was workable. The additional 3 students (28) now has really been a challenge for me.Fighting to keep Castro Valley's class size to 25:1 is such an important cause. Now is the the time to stand up and be heard.

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