I am disappointed and disillusioned with the current PPS Board. They had a budget discussion at last night’s PPS Board meeting and did not put forth for discussion my proposal to allocate $16,647 in the 2016-17 budget to pay for two students to study abroad in 2017-18, one each to China and Mexico. I had sent them the proposal in March 21st emails. The proposal was the same as last year’s study abroad proposal (here). Not even one member brought it up in budget discussions. Sadly, they may think the PPS political community could not support such a discussion.
Unfortunately, the current PPS Board is not making the strategic shifts PPS needs. No push for more school integration. No push for more online learning opportunities. No solid facility planning. No high school study abroad programs. I am fed up. I told myself that if the PPS Board cannot fund my pilot high school study abroad proposal that I would vote against any PPS revenue proposal that goes to the voters.
So I seem to be on a course to vote against the 2016 Bond measure. If I also campaign against the 2016 Bond measure it will be because PPS will probably propose spending $10’s of millions, if not $100’s of millions, on high school enrollment capacity it does not need. I have repeatedly written about this (here, here, for examples).
I have considerable respect for many of the current PPS Board members. I am disillusioned with their performance as a Board.