Parents Descend on the White House for Excellent Schools

Parents and community members nationwide came together this month for the Communities for Excellent Public Schools Day of Action, writes EdVox.

More than 175 people from across the nation descended on Washington DC to demand a new option for the interventions for our lowest performing schools under the School Improvement Grants on behalf of the Communities for Excellent Public Schools.

The Sustainable Success model was presented to the US Department of Education, and to members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. While senators Harkin and Enzi introduced a bill reforming the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as reported at Education News.

CEPS and its member groups put forward a thorough description of a more demanding model to be included as a fifth option under the School Improvement Grants. The model, called Sustainable Success, is based on three fundamental principles:

A collaborative and inclusive process that creates public accountability by engaging parents, students, educators, and communities in designing and implementing reforms.

A focus on research-based strategies within the school, including a strong focus on instruction, college and career-ready curriculum for all students, a collaborative environment for high quality teaching, and a positive school climate for student learning.

Students are provided wrap-around supports that ensure they are healthy, nurtured and ready to learn and thrive.

Representing more than 400,000 people from across the US, the group made it clear that they expect the White House and the US Department of Education to act.

Parents are said to have left the Hill energized that their hard work will produce good results. The fight to ensure that all of our children receive the quality education they need and deserve is far from over.

With the model, they believed they provided the regulatory language to make Sustainable Success the fifth option immediately.