Monday, February 26th, 2007 at 12:41 pm in Uncategorized.
When a school closes it’s usually extremely sad for the parents and students involved.
School boards making these decisions typically listen to hours of emotional pleas as well as outbursts from the audience before making a decision.
So it was surprising Friday afternoon to see that High Tech High Bayshore parent organizers had placed fliers on many chairs asking audience members to refrain from this behavior at a meeting where the school’s foundation was expected to vote to close the charter school in Redwood City (pictured here).
It asked parents and students not to “cheer or yell, boo speakers, interrupt anyone (even if you disagree with what someone is saying, bite your tongue)” and added “if you clap, do it respectfully.”
At first, everyone was very respectful during the public comment period. Each took a turn to express dismay with the closure and, for the most part, concluded when his or her time was up.
But when it looked like the board was ready to shut down the school, there was an explosion that was hard to watch. Some parents and students walked up to the board members and yelled at them face to face, while others stood up and screamed their disappointment. There was booing. There was crying. It was everything you would expect during a meeting like this.
In theory, it was a good idea to lay out some ground rules for this meeting. But in reality, these emotional outbursts seem to go with the territory when it comes to making decisions about kids.