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Rise 189


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Background

The Rise 189 campaign grew out of a number of concerned parents, students, teachers, and community members who came together in hopes of elevating the district to new levels. We envision a School District 189 where all students thrive and perform on grade level.

In order to pinpoint critical areas of improvement, Rise189 analyzed data regarding educational outcomes and policies at the local, statewide, and national level. We knocked on our neighbors’ doors in the district to garner feedback from the community about their vision for the district. Nearly a third of respondents felt that the standard of teaching and curriculum needed to be improved.

We believe that in order for District 189 to rise to new heights, it is imperative that the District and community work hand in hand. This includes increasing transparency whenever possible, and providing intentional opportunities for community members to engage in strategic planning and goal setting along with District leadership. We also believe that teachers need to be supported in their role.

Thus, we created the Rise 189 campaign to introduce these policy solutions and help district to rise to new levels of excellence where every student realizes their fullest potential. We believe that involving community members in the important decisions that are made regarding the district is crucial in achieving a more excellent and equitable education for the children in our community.


Our Policy Solutions

We request that the Superintendent and School Board adopt these policy solutions by the April 23rd, 2019.

  1. Implement community-wide strategic planning every three years. Every three years, the school district will formally partner with the teachers, parents, and students of District 189 and other key community stakeholders including city government, and East St. Louis serving housing and nonprofit agencies on A comprehensive strategic planning process facilitated by a third party, followed by formation of a three-year community advisory body that partners with the district on implementation and accountability.

  2. Report progress of strategic plan to the community annually. Annually, a third party evaluator will report to the community the district’s progress on implementing its current strategic plan including an analysis of what has been implemented, when, and how.

  3. Record and televise all school board meetings. Record all school board meetings on local cable and online. Create an archival system for all meeting on the district’s website.

 
 

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FAQ

Why broadcast school board meetings?

Studies have shown that increased family and community engagement in schools districts and school reform leads to a positive effect on educational outcome within the community. Districts across the country, broadcast their school board meetings in order to increase the accessibility and transparency of the decision-making process. St. Louis Public School District partakes in this practice as well as the Minneapolis Public School, whose website contains archives of the video and audio from meetings for the past decade.



 

Volunteer

Sign up below if you’re interested in knocking on doors and phone-banking with Rise 189 leading up to the April 2019 School Board Election. A member of the campaign will be in contact with you to schedule a time.

 

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Who we are

We are concerned parents, grandmas, aunts, uncles of 189 students. We are 189 alums. We are leaders of our city. Since September, we have been working together to learn about our local, state, and federal education systems as Power-Builders of WEPOWER’s East St. Louis Education Power-Building Academy. We have done research and collected feedback from ESTL residents. From this process, we designed the Rise 189 policy solutions to improve student performance. We are ready to lead change with and for our ESTL children.