The Demands of Phantoms

Families of Boston,

You want a Unified Enrollment System because it will be easier, more equitable, user friendly and transparent. So says this presentation to the Board of Education.

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But look closely at the slide, Boston. This isn’t a presentation at the Bolling Building. This is a presentation being given all the way on the other side of the country. This is a presentation to the Oakland Unified School District.

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Notice how the language duplicates what we are hearing in Boston. Here is Mayor Walsh’s Vision for Boston Families.

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Because one strange thing that has been happening to me since starting this blog is that I am being contacted by parents all over the country who are experiencing the same thing in their communities.

This mother in Oakland contacted me because she noticed the similarities between the Boston Compact meetings and the community engagement meetings in her community. There was the same insistence that the demand was coming from the community itself, but when you actually go to the meetings, the room is filled with administrators. On both coasts, this proposal is being pushed to satisfy these phantom families that are crying out for unified enrollment. These always invisible, but very insistent, parents who only want to fill out one application.

I do believe there is someone who wants Unified Enrollment in our communities but he is not attending the meetings. And that gentleman’s name is Bill Gates. He is funding all of these initiatives so this obviously something that he is interested in.

But I’ll tell you, the thing that annoys most of about this whole situation is the facade of community engagement, when in actuality, the decision has been already made.

This was Mayor Walsh response to opposition to Gate’s Unified Enrollment plan.


Because this was never about the families of Boston. And in California, this is not about what the parents of Oakland want or need. We do not matter here other than to give air cover to the decision makers plans.

Why does Bill Gates want this? Why is he so interested in our ease and convenience when enrolling our children in school?

I have no idea. He certainly isn’t talking to me, a mere parent, about what my children need.

This is the Facebook Page of OUSD Parents United:

We are trying to get something similar off the ground in Boston.

The Oakland School Board is voting on January 27th on Unified Enrollment. The Boston School Committee has not scheduled our vote yet.

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