Feedback from many SOS members over the back-to-school week suggests that few people in the Champlain Valley are aware of the Calendar 2.0 proposal, and many of those who are aware do not believe that it will be adopted. We need to spread the word that this reform, which will have far-reaching consequences for the entire Valley, is very likely to be implemented if the community does not respond.
Please share the posting below with your friends and colleagues.
A year-round school proposal, called Calendar 2.0, will reduce summer vacation by several weeks and create longer vacation blocks throughout the year. For students performing below standards, remedial intercessions will take the place during the vacation times. The plan, which appears to have been formulated without input from parents, teachers, or other community members, is being fast -tracked for implementation by the Champlain Valley Superintendents Association- despite mounting practical and financial concerns. A statement by a CVSA member (reported in several local papers last month) sums up where things are in the decision-making process:
“According to Milton School Superintendent John Barone, the group (CVSA) has reached consensus that at least part of Calendar 2.0 will happen in fall 2014, with full implementation after that. “We have committed as a group that this is a proposal we want to move forward with,” Barone said. “A majority of us want to go forward with full implementation in 2014/2015, but a lot depends on this meeting and the public forums.” (http://miltonindependent.com/exploring-new-school-calendar/)
The CVSA is hosting four meetings in October to elicit feedback from the community. These meetings will be the only chance community members will have to voice concerns and ask questions before the CVSA votes on the new calendar. Questions that remain unanswered include:
Share your voice and bring your questions. Insist that educational reform be change for the sake of progress, not change for the sake of change. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!
Oct 2 Essex HS
Oct 3 BFA St Albans
Oct 9 Burlington HS
Oct 10 CVU
All meetings begin at 6:30 pm.