Ottawa Parent’s Education Network survey

The “Ottawa Parent’s Eduction Network” has sent a questionaire to all candidates. Some responses are available now. While not tied to the Alternative prtogram, the group does ask some relavant questions about parental involvement, accountability and consultation. Two questions that directly concern our community are:

Last year, the Board reviewed its Alternative Schools program and its Secondary Gifted program. Despite strong stakeholder support for these programs, Board staff recommended that they either be closed or eventually phased out. As a trustee, what kind of information would you seek and what would kind of questions would you ask in order to come to a decision when staff recommendations are opposed to the views of the community?

The Alternative Schools program was reviewed this past year and found by the Board to have many benefits for students. As a trustee, would you ensure not this program is continued and is extended to zones where it’s not currently available?