May CAC Update

From Jack Neill, CAC Representative for SoCo elementary schools:

The CAC held our monthly meeting last week and here are the highlights:
Committee Reports – The CAC subcommittees reported on their findings and recommendations that will be forwarded to the School Board next month.  The attached meeting minutes contains more detail on each committee.  If you are interested in any of these issues, please let me know and I will connect you with the members of the subcommittee.
  • Communications   –  Evaluated the district, school, and PTA websites and compiled a list of PTA and local group leaders for further communication.
  • Equity – Studied the achievement gap and district efforts to address it.
  • Curriculum and Grading – Worked with policy group on the “re-do” grading policy.
  • Testing  – Explored available information related to testing at all grade levels.
  • School Supplies – Compiled all school supply lists to evaluate disparity and variation of required items by school.



Budget News – Raises for teachers?
The big news in the budget cycle was the announcement that the County Executive has included money in the county budget for teacher raises and additional capital funds for construction.   AACPS released a statement detailing the items that were included and excluded from the County Executive’s budget.  Now the proposed budget goes to the County Council who has the opportunity to modify the details before approving and sending back to the school board in June. There are two public Budget hearings this week: Monday 5/9  at North County HS, and 5/12 at Annapolis HS.
CAC Position Open for Secondary Schools
There’s an opportunity to volunteer to serve on the CAC as the representative for the Southern Cluster Secondary schools (Southern High School and Southern Middle).  The time commitment is minimal, one meeting a month and then ad-hoc tasks as needed.  If you know anyone who is interested, please share this link or direct them to me for more information.

Other Discussion Items and News:
Incident at North County High School – The group discussed the incidents and racial tension at North County High school last month that prompted the letter sent home from the Superintendent and School Board President. Many CAC members and other parents had not heard about the incident and were very confused about the letter which did not contain any details about what had happened.
Last week some news and rumors circulated that the County was planning to privatize the school health program, which is run by the Dept of Health. Superintendent Arlotto quickly stated opposition to any privitaization and the county issued a statement clarifying the current effort.
As always, please reach out to me with any feedback, comments or concerns so I can bring it to the attention of the CAC.
Best Regards,