Tomorrow night at 6 p.m., there is a board meeting. The agenda, posted last Friday at 2 p.m., is full of the usual stuff, but there is a report that is worth mentioning.

Item 13 is the first of two reports on intervention, that is, what the district is doing to help students at risk of academic failure. These updates are important, of course, but should be of primary interest or concern are the benchmarks that are used to determine success or failure and the process for pulling the plug and reverting to Plan B.

Taxpayers don’t get much of this from the district. Too often, programs are initiated without system accountability and when that happens, bad programs tend to continue past the time when they should have been stopped.

One of these two reports should cover best practices as well. It’s good that there is an intervention program in place, but we should also be made aware of whether a similar strategy has been or is being used at another school district. If so, what has been their history? What can they report to us about successes and failures, about a Plan B, and about what we can learn from their experience?

If the answers to these questions are not presented, a trustee should ask them.

More important is the meeting on Wednesday night t 6:30. This is “… an informational meeting regarding the creation of a Human Relations Task Force to create a greater level of cultural understanding and acceptance that appreciates and celebrates the diversity throughout our community.”

That’s about as squishy as it gets. What the district’s announcement doesn’t say is whether the attendees will be able to ask questions. Without this opportunity, there is a missed opportunity to gain direct input from concerned citizens that could play a major role in the task force process.

We’ll see. Here’s the link to the meeting:

http://web.nmusd.us/pf4/cms2/news_themed_display?id=1552634380338

Steve Smith

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