Here's my question:
During the school search, I felt like I was choosing a school as well as choosing a PTA. I fell in love with Flynn since the PTA was on fire. The parents were enthusiastic, had similar priorities as I do, and were getting things done.
Unfortunately, Flynn was one of the few schools where I managed to get a grasp of the school AND the parents.
What makes a PTA on fire? Paul revere, like Flynn, has had an immersion program in place for the same number of years. Things are happening at PR, but it wasn't as hot as Flynn. Starr King as well—two years of new parents on board, but not the same fire.
Many of us may be facing a school with low scores, a new or no PTA and fear being one of those 3-4 parents taking on all the load. What makes a playground go up in a day? Planter boxes get built and filled? PE teachers get hired? And what stands in the way? the principal? Rifts in the new vs old (immersion vs GE?) parents? What can we, as incoming parents in schools that we want to improve, be planning for, looking for, or seeing as challenges?
I want to be enthusiastic about more schools than Flynn. I went 0/7, have twins, want immersion, and am feeling nervous about the prospect of trying to overhaul a struggling school. Any thoughts?