For a task force created to discuss issues surrounding the Statewide Afterschool Initiative Learning, it would stand to reason that many students would participate in an afterschool program because their parents are working. Logic would dictate that if you were going to have public meetings about such an initiative, they would be held in the evening when working parents could attend. But not with this task force! They had their first meeting this morning at 9am. Today was also the second day of school for most Delaware students.
And who is on this task force? Obviously not too many working parents who should be the primary stakeholders on a group like this. Or was that intentional?
Jack Polidori is with the National Education Association, Jim Kelly is with YMCA, Michelle Taylor is with United Way, Richard Heffron is with the Delaware Chamber of Commerce, John Fisher-Klein is from the Newark Day Nursery & Children’s Center, Sheila Bravo is from the Delaware Alliance for Non-Profit Advancement, and Carol Scott is with the University of Delaware. And we have Rep. Valerie Longhurst and Senator Nicole Poore. And regular parents? Nope, not on this task force. Shut out again!
This was their agenda: