The new 2012-2013 SFUSD application form is now available (download here). I was befuddled by Item 9 Parent Survey, which asks parents to rate 15 items on a scale of 1 to 5 in terms of importance (5 being “Very Important”). The 15 items include the following: attend school with sibling, attend after school program at school, language pathway, special education services, school bus transportation, near home, near childcare, near work, school hours, diversity of students, neighborhood safety, school’s academic reputation, teachers and principal, parent community, and recommendation by family/friends. SFUSD claims that they are soliciting this feedback to get “a better understanding of what is important to families.”
Now, anyone who was involved with the Middle School Feeder community forums and the Quality Middle School initiative last year knows that “Honors/AP classes,” “Uniform elective offerings (band, orchestra, art, drama, etc),” and “GATE programs and activities” were among the top rated items that were identified as “very important” to prospective middle school families.Carlos Garcia and SFUSD don’t REALLY care about what is important to us. If they did, they would have included these obvious items in their survey. I hope that SFUSD will add these items to the 2012-2013 application form to demonstrate that they really care about our opinions.