The Facts’ opinion article “Don’t Wait Until After Decisions are Made to Complain” regarding how BISD parents are responding to the addition of 30 minutes to the school day was petulant, unnecessary and divisive. We have a few opinions of our own.

The editorial stated parents were “a little too late” and “should have taken that stand at the meeting last month,” but we argue that any decision of this magnitude should have included parent input long before a board vote was taken. In fact, the Texas Education Agency explicitly directed school districts to understand the needs of parents, develop proposed solutions and obtain buy-in to move forward with change. In fact, it is Step 1 in the Adjusting School Calendars document available on the TEA website. This document was released by the TEA only days before the BISD May board meeting. BISD did not even attempt in those few days to follow the recommendations of the TEA. BISD obtained no parent input prior to making a decision that will impact each of our lives, especially our children. This is in direct contrast to many districts that have been communicating potential changes and asking for parent input.

Corinne Cammarata of Lake Jackson wrote this column with the assistance of Valerie Athon on behalf of the BISD Parent/Teacher Advocacy Group.

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