MINUTES OF THE MCCPTA DELEGATE ASSEMBLY
Tuesday, February 28,
2006 at the Carver Educational
(This summary includes motions and resolutions passed at the February meeting.)
Approval of Minutes:
The minutes from the January 24, 2006 Delegate Assembly were reviewed. The minutes stand approved as written.
The treasurer’s report was filed.
Delegate Lechner’s Resolution on IB Programs (and High Consortia):
Whereas “Self-Select/Self Succeed” admissions policies avoid potential gate-keeping and bias problems and allow rigorous programs to be made open to all students willing to meet prescribed entrance requirements and pursue the more rigorous curriculum, and
Whereas it appears that there are only about a quarter of the potential MCPS students enrolled in the highly challenging curriculum of International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, which utilize a standards based and world-wide recognized curriculum in a challenging program for highly motivated and capable students using a criterion referenced grading system, and
Whereas there appears to be a definitive lack of more rigorous Fine Art and Math/Computers/Science programs throughout the county as well as a lack of more practical technical/Vocational programs in the upper county area,
Therefore, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
1) MCPS should target the creation of several additional IB programs at MCPS Highs Schools in order to provide similar nearly-local access to all MCPS students,
2)MCPS should create and maintain several additional and complementary programs that focus on more rigorous Science/Computers/mathematics, advanced Fine Arts, and more practical Technical/Vocational skills training, and that these programs each be hosted in different High Schools,
3)MCPS and MCCPTA should conduct a study into grouping al county High Schools into Consortiums, possibly based on the quad-cluster grouping, in order to provide High School students with access to the specialized programs within the consortia High School,
4)the programs should be “self-select/Self-Succeed” or “open enrollment” with prescribed academic admission standards, in order to eliminate the potential for bias in screening and selection processes, and no student shall be shut out of attending their “home area High School” due to the consortia admissions process,
5)The creation of the additional programs should not significantly increase the over-crowding at any of the High Schools, and the creation of the additional programs should consider the ability of providing relief for future HS over-crowding and avoiding the need to make difficult school boundary changes, and
6)MCPS should maintain the current Blair and planned Poolesville magnet HS programs, with a focus on serving student that perform academically at levels that are several standard deviations above the norm.
Delegate Lechner read his proposed changes to the resolution and offered them as an amendment:
Omit “avoid potential gate-keeping and bias problems” in the first whereas
Number 3 should read, “…putting county High Schools into groups possibly based on quad-clusters, in order to provide High School students with equal self-select access to the specialized programs within the High Schools”
In number 4 delete “consortia”
The amendment was seconded and passed by a voice vote.
Chris Barclay made a motion to take a vote on the resolution as amended. It was seconded. It was passed by a standing vote of more than two thirds. The vote on the resolution as amended was taken. The resolution failed by a standing vote.
Board of Director’s motion regarding candidates for public office:
Barclay, nominating committee chair, made a motion to nominate
Discussion of action taken at the February 2, 2006 Board of Directors meeting that included a motion made and seconded that executive officers of the Board of Directors shall resign within a week of filing for candidacy for public office and that all members of the Board of Directors shall refrain from public speaking on behalf of MCCPTA within a week of filing for candidacy for public office. It was seconded. An amendment was made and seconded and passed by standing vote that instead of a week that they no longer speak on behalf of MCCPTA effective immediately upon filing for office. It was seconded. It passed by a voice vote. The question was called and passed on a standing vote.
Executive officers of the Board of Directors shall resign within a week of filing for candidacy for public office and that all members of the Board of Directors shall refrain from public speaking on behalf of MCCPTA immediately upon filing for candidacy for public office. The motion was seconded.
A delegate made a motion to allow a five minute time limit for discussion. It was seconded and passed on a voice vote.
Victor Salazar proposed an amendment to strike “executive officers” and replace it with “any member of the Executive Committee of MCCPTA.” The motion was seconded. It passed on a voice vote.
Sharon St. Pierre made a motion to extend the discussion another five minutes. It was
seconded and passed by a voice vote.
Jane de Winter made an amendment that added, “If elected to a public office, a member of the
MCCPTA Board of Directors shall resign from the MCCPTA Board of Directors effective immediately.” It was seconded. The amendment was passed by a standing vote.
The motion as amended was passed by a standing vote.
The motion as amended now reads:
Any member of the Executive Committee of MCCPTA shall resign within a week of filing for
candidacy for public office and that all members of the Board of Directors of MCCPTA shall refrain from public speaking on behalf of MCCPTA immediately upon filing for candidacy for public office. If elected to a public office, a member of the MCCPTA Board of Directors shall resign from the MCCPTA Board of Directors effective immediately.
A delegate made a motion to allow five minutes for discussion. It was seconded and passed
by a voice vote.
PTA proposes that the MCCPTA adopt the following resolution. This resolution is
the result of a parent recognizing a convicted sex offender contracted by a
construction company working at
Whereas, MCPS is continually building, maintaining, modernizing, and expanding school facilities,
Whereas, such construction requires MCPS to use contractors and subcontractors not affiliated with MCPS,
Whereas, the above said contractors and subcontractors employ personnel at MCPS facilities that come in direct or indirect contact with administrators, staff, teachers, students, and community members,
Whereas, MCPS requires criminal background checks be performed for all individuals employed by the school system so as to protect its personnel and children from a variety of risks, including threat of physical harm,
Whereas, MCPS is risking the safety of its students and employees by allowing potential convicted felons, including convicted sex offenders, to work as employees of contractors performing services at the schools,
Be it Resolved that all contractors, and their subcontractors, who engage in contracts with MCPS must provide proof of state and federal criminal background checks for any and all employees who work for them at MCPS facilities;
Be it Further Resolved, that individuals found to have been convicted of sex offenses and other violent offenses be prohibited from working in any capacity at MCPS facilities; and
Be it Further Resolved, that MCPS impose sanctions an any contractors who fail to abide by any policies prohibiting the employment of sex offenders and other violent offenders at MCPS facilities.
Suzanne Weiss proposed a further resolve stating, “We further resolve that criminal background checks of any compensated person who has contact with MCPS students and staff, are required to be obtained, renewed, and reviewed at least every 24 months.” It was seconded. It passed by a voice vote.
A delegate made a motion to extend the time of discussion for five more minutes. It was seconded and passed by a voice vote.
A delegate made motion to amend the original resolution at the end to add the phrase, “while students and staff or members of the community are present” in the first resolve. It was seconded. It failed on a voice vote after the question was called.
A delegate called the question. A standing vote passed calling the question.
The resolution as amended passed by a standing vote.
Andrea Bernardo made a motion for MCCPTA to support Nancy King’s legislation House Bill 531. It was seconded. It passed by a voice vote.
Curriculum Committee Resolution to Support Science and Social Studies in MCPS Elementary Schools:
A delegate made a motion to allow five minutes for discussion of this resolution. It was seconded
and passed by a voice vote.
Whereas, social studies teaches the content knowledge, analytical skills and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy and it serves as a forum for all students to explore issues of culture, identity, and diversity as a community,
Whereas, science teaches the content knowledge and methods of inquiry necessary for examining and understanding the world around us and participating in our increasingly technology-based society and its economy,
Whereas, both science and social studies motivate and engage students through stimulating interest in the world around them, and provide a context for acquiring a breadth of academic skill, including creative problem-solving, comprehension of complex system, and multi-dimensional thinking,
Whereas, the federal No Child Left Behind legislation and regulations require that studen6s be taught the full range of knowledge in all areas where a state has standards, not just in mathematics, reading, and language arts,
Whereas, the state of Maryland has developed standards for all students in science and social studies, will start testing elementary and middle school students in science in 2007 and will require students graduating in 2009 and later to pass high school assessments in science, history, and civics,
Whereas, subject area knowledge in science and social studies is necessary for the application of skills in reading and mathematics and contributes to improving achievement levels in those subjects,
parents and teachers in
Therefore be it
Resolved, the Board of Education and MCPS should require elementary schools to have schedules that provide time every day devoted to social studies and science instruction that is adequate to teach all state and county standards effectively,
Resolved, the Board of Education and MCPS should monitor and publicly report on time allocated to social studies and science in elementary schools.
Resolved, the Board of Education and MCPS should review and revise its entire elementary curricula to pursue disciplined inquiry by improving integration across all subjects and by incorporating more engaging and extended opportunities for students in science and social studies
Resolved, the Board of Education and MCPS should provide assistance that is adequate to enable teachers to implement such curriculum revisions effectively.
Resolved, the Board of Education and MCPS should ensure that school improvement plans include attention to what the school needs to do to enable all students to meet the county and state standards for science and social studies.
Resolved, the Board of Education and MCPS should monitor and report progress toward meeting county and state standards for science and social studies in elementary schools.
A delegate made a motion to propose an amendment to the resolution for the first resolve that would delete the word “everyday” and add at the end of that first resolve add “and MCPS should include guidelines for the minimum time necessary to teach these subjects in their instructional guides.” It was seconded. It passed by a voice vote.
The resolution as amended passed by a standing vote.
A delegate made a motion to modify the language of the wellness policy letter to not make the physical education/activity comments specific to elementary schools. It was seconded and passed by a voice vote.
The letter from the health committee as modified by the past amendment was approved by a voice vote.