The East Bay Express had an interesting story this week on Cleveland Elementary. Under the leadership of Principal Mia Settles, the diverse school near Lake Merritt has broken down language barriers and encouraged various forms of parent involvement — from stapling papers to picketing the district’s administrative offices because of overcrowding.
Read the full story here.
I recently talked to one of the parents mentioned in the Express story — Lynne Wardell — who said that overcrowding remains a problem at Cleveland. She said the school community has spent far too much energy this fall “working to undo what the district has done.”
Still, she said, “Compared to other schools, we’re in darn good condition.”
What other schools have seen stepped-up parent involvement in recent years, and to what effect?