Over the past two weeks, members of the ASD team and I had the privilege of talking to communities about the Community Input Process. As guests at meetings held by Stand for Children-Tennessee, Memphis LIFT, and the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), we’ve had the opportunity to talk to students, parents, clergy, and other invested groups about their school choice options.
Although determinations for which schools will be converted by the Shelby County Schools iZone and which will go through the ASD conversion process have not been made, it was important to both SCS and the ASD that we get out to these communities and share information on their neighborhood school’s performance. We also were eager to talk with interested members of the communities about the options we available to increase educational outcomes at their schools. If you weren’t able to attend these meetings, visit our Community Input Process page to learn more.
A big piece of our conversation was about the Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC). Should a school go through ASD conversion, an NAC formed especially for that school reviews the interested operator’s application to evaluate the operator’s fit for their school. Members of the community including parents, leaders, clergy, teachers, and alumni are encouraged to apply to serve on these councils. Learn more about the NAC and how to apply by Monday, September 21 on the Neighborhood Advisory Council page.
What’s coming up for the ASD?
We will be sending letters home to parents on Thursday, September 10 with their students to notify them if their school will be eligible for ASD conversion next year.
The ASD will be guests at upcoming BAEO town hall meetings where we will talk about the Community Input Process and let parents at eligible schools know which operators are interested in engaging their school community in the coming months. These town hall meetings will occur the week of September 14.
We encourage you to come out to learn more!