Latino/a Parent Leaders Work with Salem Keizer School District

Last Wednesday, February 12, was the culmination of a series of meetings between the SKCE Parent Leadership Group and school board members, which began last August. School board member Sheronne Blasi, our Liaison, and Superintendent Perry were invited to discuss the concerns the parents had brought to the school board last June, and how they might be addressed through the SIA recommendations. The superintendent answered a number of questions and explained the next steps in the SIA process.

We have been involved with the Salem Keizer School District since last fall, working on the Student Investment Account (SIA) Task Force.

The district pulled together a diverse group with many people of color—teachers, staff, community members and parents—to help develop their plans for using the $35 million from the state’s SSA (Student Success Act) fund. This new fund from the legislature is intended to help the students who are struggling the most, with the goal of Oregon’s students having a 100% graduation or completion rate!

SKCE’s representative on this task force is one of our parent program directors—a Latina mom whose voice is critical to the process in identifying issues from a mother’s experience and all the mothers and fathers she works with. On November 21, SKCE staff recruited over 80 parents, 18 teens and cared for over 40 children! School board members, district leaders, even the superintendent came to watch and participate! They appreciated our contribution to this important work of the SIA committee.

Read more about SKCE’s work with the SSA and SIA.