• Petitioned Billy Orgel, Chairman

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TPC - Shelby County School Board
Billy Orgel, Chairman
Shelby County School Board
Chris Caldwell
Ms. Hart
Gatewood
Robinson
David Pickler
Gibson
Mr. Kevin Woods

Transition Steering Committee and the Shelby County School Board.: Keep CLUE for PRE-K thru 3rd grade & 9th grade

    1. Elizabeth Kulesa
    2. Petition by

      Elizabeth Kulesa

      Memphis, TN

The CLUE program nurtures and challenges the unique intellectual needs of our gifted children, and is an attractive benefit for families deciding on school options for their children. CLUE parents are often the most supportive and engaged parents in our school system. Support gifted education PreK-9th grade for all students in Memphis.

To:
Billy Orgel, Chairman, TPC - Shelby County School Board
Chris Caldwell, Shelby County School Board
Ms. Hart
Gatewood
Robinson
David Pickler
Gibson
Mr. Kevin Woods
Keep CLUE for PRE-K thru 3rd grade & 9th grade

CLUE parents are often the most supportive and engaged parents in our school system. Support gifted education PreK-9th grade for all students in Memphis. There are over 1,000 signatures for this petition.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Update for the Gifted Program for the Unified School District

      Elizabeth Kulesa
      Petition Organizer

      A meeting was held November 15 by the Memphis and Shelby County School board to discuss 39 recommendations from the TPC. While the gifted program CLUE was not on the agenda, several parents came out to speak on behalf of the program. At this time it appears the discussion for the gifted program is set for the beginning of next year. However, it is important to attend each meeting where public comments are on the agenda so the school board members know of the parents interest in keeping CLUE as the Gifted Program.

      Additionally, parents ( around 6 or 7 ) have organized a meeting between a supervisor of Clue and Apex to discuss both programs and develop a presentation to the board to create a unified voice. This next step came out of the meeting hosted by STAND for CHILDREN, Tuesday November 13 at White Station Middle School.

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Meeting 11/13/12 Hosted by Stand by Children to support gifted students

      Elizabeth Kulesa
      Petition Organizer

      At last night's board meeting, Stand for Children members were visible, vocal and supportive of PreK-9th grade gifted services.
      Stand for Children is hosting a meeting to discuss how to best support gifted students in the merged district. This meeting is TWO DAYS BEFORE the11-15-12 school board vote on merger recommendations. The timing is crucial and the meeting can help us organize our support of PreK-9th grade gifted services.

      Meeting details:
      Stand for Children
      6 p.m., Tuesday, November 13th
      White Station Middle School, 5465 Mason Road
      A discussion around how to best support gifted students in the merged district.
      Stand for Children’s mission is to ensure hat all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education.

      http://stand.org/tennessee/join
      lkurtz@stand.org
      www.twitter.com/MemphisStand
      www.facebook.com/standtennessee

    4. School Board vote 11/15/12

      Elizabeth Kulesa
      Petition Organizer

      The VOTE on 11-15-12
      Bill Dries with the Memphis Daily News reports that the school board will vote 11-15-12 on merger recommendations. This includes recommendations regarding PreK-9th grade gifted services. A venue is to be determined as it is suspected that the Teaching & Learning Academy Auditorium on Union will not accommodate the large number of supporters and speakers. It is VERY IMPORTANT that we have PreK-9th grade supporters there with signs AND speakers on the public comment list. We need new and diverse faces. Arrive early to put your name on the list (at 4:45 p.m. the list for lat night's meeting had 1 slot left) and keep your comments to 60 seconds. Also, bring your signs. KEEP CLUE was an effective support slogan used tonight. Homemade signs are great, too.
      Bill Dries Memphis Daily News article link: http://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2012/oct/31/school-board-to-meet-on-merger-recommendations-next-month/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      School Board To Meet On Merger Recommendations Next Month

      Home > VOL. 127 | NO. 213 | Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Countywide school board members will begin what several described as the "dirty work" of the schools merger to come at a special meeting Nov. 15. At that meeting, the board will vote on many if not all of the recommendations from the consolidation planning commission that ended its work in July.

    5. Report from 10-30-12 Meeting by Brandy R. DeWesse, Campus School Parent

      Elizabeth Kulesa
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to all of the PreK-9th grade supporters and speakers at last night’s school board meeting. Many parents and CLUE teachers were there, as were Dr. Toarmina and Dr. Yelvington. Speakers during the public comment section represented Campus School, Chimney Rock Elementary, Downtown Elementary, Grahamwood, White Station Middle and White Station High School. Three speakers were students from Chimney Rock Elementary, White Station Middle and White Station High School. There were so many speakers that the list was prematurely cut short and speakers were limited to just over a minute to comment.
      Common themes from parents included: CLUE being a deciding factor for parents in choosing public vs. private, CLUE as a resource to develop critical writing and reasoning skills to gain admittance into top colleges and universities, keeping CLUE in keeping with school board and school consolidation goals, and don’t disrupt a program with proven student success

    6. Report Continued....

      Elizabeth Kulesa
      Petition Organizer

      and parent support. The students testified to blossoming in CLUE. One student compared taking away CLUE to taking away Dorothy’s ruby red slippers.
      The Commercial Appeal commented on our presence at last night’s meeting: “Tuesday's meeting drew an overflow crowd at its outset from maintenance workers concerned about a privatization proposal, teachers concerned about performance evaluations, and other issues and parents voicing their support for the Memphis City Schools' CLUE program for gifted students.”
      Link to CA story: http://m.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/oct/30/anti-tax-group-in-memphis-speaks-up-before/?partner=RSS&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
      The board also voted to support the half-cent sales tax on the Nov. 6 ballot.

    7. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Sylvia hunter LAKELAND, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      My daughter is in the clue program and she love it. I like it because it pushes her to do her best.

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    • Maddy Dickerson MEMPHIS, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      I am in the CLUE program myself. I am in 6th grade. I have been in CLUE since 1st grade and I am not stopping now! CLUE has helped me learn much more and it has helped get me here today.

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    • Elizabeth A. Carter MEMPHIS, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      My son is academically gifted and the CLUE program has made school an academically and socially positive experience for him. CLUE has given him an outlet for his creativity and imagination and provided social and cooperative learning experiences.

      In efforts to save money, let us not sink to least common denominator education by eliminating the best programs from each district and settling for what is "good enough".

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    • Bert Nichols CORDOVA, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      it's what is best for the kid's

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    • Margaret Kedia CORDOVA, TN
      • almost 2 years ago

      This has been a wonderful learning experience for my oldest daughter and want my younger daughter to experience the same thing. The CLUE program challenges the children and exposes them to different ways of thinking that does not occur in the regular classrooms. This was very helpful when they were very young as well as in 9th grade.

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