Judy Burns saved my daughters’ schoolby Golda Velez on Aug. 16, 2011, under Uncategorized
I have not been closely following the uproar over TUSD board meetings, but I’ve seen people attacking Judy Burns. Whatever hoorah might have gone on or not gone on at the meeting, I want to say that she was instrumental in saving a school that my 10-year old daughter absolutely loves, and she stood up for other schools that night as well.
I picked up my 10-year old after the first day of school yesterday and she was escatic, jumping up and down in happiness over her teacher, her art class, and just the good feeling she had from being at Holladay Elementary. Channel 13 was there in the morning, filming my younger daughter’s first grade class with the voiceover something like ‘this school was slated to be closed down last year, now packed with students on the first day’…the new first grade, approved only in mid-May, had 22 students who signed up over the summer. The whole school was incredibly upbeat, welcoming new staff and with parents already organizing a book fair on day 1.
All this would not have been possible without Judy Burns speaking out at the board meeting last March where four schools were up for closure. I listened to the meeting on the audio feed and transcribed it word for word. I loved how Burns spoke with common sense, defending kids, teachers and schools. I want her there representing me and defending my kids and their schools.
Judy Burns: “I can’t even believe we’d even consider – these kids were bused for 30 years, and now you want to bus them further? You want to retain kids, bring them back. Some kids learned, and some parents learned from a television report last night, about possible closure of their schools. Whatever dialog has gone on has not been extensive. People in the know has shown up, but people who put their kid in 4th grade at Holladay this year for the first time, didn’t know. So all this happened before you Dr Pedicone, so I’m not blaming you, mostly this happened last year. But I would like us to see, now that the discussion has started, not to vote to close schools, but give it a year to gel, and have people give us real input…
Not the data, you want to tell me why people are leaving schools, they have to get on a bus to go to another school – we changed boundaries at some time to accomodate growth, and we put the least resistent people farther away, and the people that were making the most noise where they wanted to go….
I would like to make a motion at this point to Not close any schools. To go out to the community for the next year…realign boundaries to be closest to the school and their neighborhoods. Make Robbins a K-8, that is fine; and certainly mothball space that is not being used. ”
Read fuller transcript at bTucson: Carson considered for closure, all other TUSD schools safe at least this year – thanks to Judy Burns! or listen to the recording at http://tusd1.org/contents/govboard/gbmeetings.html