Wednesday, September 24, 2008

SIGN THE PETITION: EXTEND THE FACILITIES MASTER PLAN PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE

A petition is now online to extend the public comments period on the school facilities master plan to January. I can't tell you how critical this is.

Go here to sign it.


The school facilities master plan will guide the capacity of this city's public education institutions for decades to come. It was poorly conceived to begin with and is structurally flawed now that it has been 'completed.'

Go here to sign it.

As of this moment, the Orleans Parish School Board and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education are scheduled to vote on the master plan within days though the plan was released in the midst of Gustav panic and is close to 2000 pages. The case for extension of the public comment deadline based on the insufficient amount of time the public has had to review and provide comment would be plenty compelling by itself. Yet, disturbingly, we've learned that some members of the Orleans Parish School Board, who are, and I can't stress this enough, directly responsible for the approval or rejection of an absolutely critical guiding master plan, HAVE NOT READ IT THEMSELVES.

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Over half of the members of the current school board are lame ducks, some of whom may have already checked out: they are disengaged from what is going on but are still prepared to vote on a 1.8 billion dollar blueprint that they may not even have read.

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Orleans Parish voters will elect a new school board on October 4th and it is they who should be making any decisions on the master plan.

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Thus, it is of urgent importance for anyone and everyone that cares about either education, democratic processes, or both go HERE to sign the petition to extend the public comments deadline. Currently there is a target of 1000 signatures. I know that we can meet the target and I think we can do it quickly.

Go here to sign it.

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