Be sure to read this article in K-12 Dive Thanks to a Richland 2 parent for sending the article to me.
Measure it against your own experience with Richland 2. What will you learn about Richland 2?
Richland 2 "... has received recognition for rethinking grading policies with equity at the forefront". Do you have any idea what that means?
Supt. David "has prioritized the recruitment and retention of male teachers of color via his Premier 100 initiative." Does this sound like a racially-based program to you?
"(E)very school (has) a TLC, which is a tech learning coach". Do you know what the SAMR model is? Here's a scary word: "redefinition". What does that mean at Richland 2?
How nice to read about "engagement and transparency" at Richland 2. I know some parents who will question that!
The article repeats the percentage of Richland 2 students who live in poverty: 56.2%. The number makes me wonder what the poverty level is, especially when I drive by the student parking lot at, for example, Blythewood High School.
What can you do? Get involved at your kids' schools. Attend school board meetings in-person. You get a totally different understanding when you are sitting there versus sitting at home in front of your computer.
When you do show up at a board meeting, ask yourself why the room is set up as it is, with the trustees lined up sideways so you can't see most of them.
Ask why the superintendent occupied the place of honor in the corner between the trustees; that's where the board chair should sit.
Ask why the superintendent even sits at the board line-up, which one trustee inquired about recently.
Ask yourself why the audience is seated so far away from the board members.
Ask why staff is seated in front of the audience, rather than off to the side as it used to be.
Ask why there are so many deputies and R2 security officers present.