Moms and dads in Oakland Unified have far too much leisure time on their hands. Sure, they organize clam bakes, Bingo Nites and bake sales. Some even spearhead environmental initiatives and volunteer in classrooms. But do they actually go door to door to collect demographic data?
Oh. I guess they do that, too.
At 6 p.m. tonight, district officials meet with Redwood Heights Elementary School parents to discuss enrollment projections.
District representatives are also expected to propose a survey of neighborhood children — much like the one Hillcrest School’s long-range planning committee did last year.
The PTA at Montclair Elementary School was also asked to take up a census, a parent told me.
Most of these surveys would be conducted for potentially overcrowded schools. Montclair Elementary School parents, for example, anticipate a serious space crunch – and that’s without the expanded attendance boundaries proposed late last year to alleviate crowding at Hillcrest School.
What do you think about asking parents to survey their neighborhoods? Is it a good opportunity for families to become involved in an issue they care about deeply, or is it too much to ask?
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