Residents for a Better Bloomington (RFABB) will host a panel discussion next week, “Academics Over Agendas: The Social Engineering of Our Kids,” to evaluate the future of education in Bloomington schools.
The discussion will take place Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Hillside Church, 4300 W. 98th Street, Bloomington.
RFABB is a non-partisan, grassroots group that works to bring “the will of the residents back into Bloomington City Council and School Board leadership.”
“As education spending rises and test scores continue to decline, we all know something is broken with our schools. Parents must reclaim their vital role as active participants in their children’s education,” said RFABB Chair David Clark. “This forum will equip both parents and grandparents with knowledge to help decide and influence what kind of education they want for their children.”
The panel will explore why education is the only way to prepare children for the future, why agendas rob children of success, and how to empower parents to play an active role in their child’s education.
Parents have been marginalized by teachers unions and administrators, according to RFABB.
The panel will discuss:
- The impact and influence of local school boards
- Minnesota Department of Education initiatives and how these may affect schools
- The importance of getting involved at the local level, i.e. school board, school committees, meetings, and elections
The panel will feature education advocates Cristine Trooien, executive director of Minnesota Parents Alliance; Bonnie Gasper, vice chair of Child Protection League; and
Beth Beebe, current Bloomington school board member. The panel will be moderated by Alpha News reporter Sheila Qualls.