A Facebook discussion group was established for our small town/county a little over a year ago, and I have to say, it has been a hugely positive thing for the most part.
I am sure there are people who work for our small school district who don't feel the same way, but after having a child in the schools here for twelve years, through good and bad, having a visible forum for local parents to air concerns has forced our district to change.
No longer can they count on problems just going away as soon as parents leave the building, or as unsubstantiated rumors. It's right there on Facebook, in black and white (and blue), and everyone can see it.
I wish we'd had this discussion board years ago, like when Mr. Harper, the wonderful AP Physics teacher at the local high school, finally gave up on being treated right by the district and left to teach where he'd be happier. Or when there were no textbooks for the math and science classes.
I'm glad we have it now. I'm seeing more and more parents posting about the issues at the junior high that have been continuously swept under the rug for years. The bullying issues. The huge fights that happen on the Maple Street walking path after school. The inconsistent way things are treated. It's infuriating, and I'm glad it's getting a spotlight.
I'm glad some of the policies at the elementary school my son used to go to are being spotlighted, too.
I'm hoping this continues. I remember the discussion when a bond election to build a new high school was coming up, and how many people in our town truly did not realize how badly it was needed. In their minds (and there are still some people who persist in this belief) there is no need for a new high school. They truly do not see that our schools are practically bursting at the seams, and the current building is falling apart. It has reached the point where it's cheaper to build an entirely new school than it would be to repair the existing building and add on to it. There are still people who think it is "too fancy" for us, and it is very hard for me not to laugh hysterically at them.
Really? Are you kidding me? We are so far behind other districts, in education, in facilities, it's not even funny. And I just mean basic, bare-bones facilities, not the bells and whistles.
Maybe I'll raise these issues on the discussion board later, but for now, I'll simply be grateful that the district's dirty laundry is finally being aired.