My Germantown Schools is a group of ordinary citizens dedicated to local control over our Germantown public schools. We have adopted three basic missions:
Educate: We will be a clearinghouse of information on the school issue. The Resources section already contains links to studies and legislation and will continue to grow. The News tab contains links to media coverage of the schools issue. The blog portion of the website allows us to serve as a discussion group, airing multiple perspectives from across Germantown. Beyond the website, we plan to use direct mail and other communications to share information with everyone in Germantown.
Organize: If you are a conservative, you might join the Republican party. If you are a liberal, you might join the Democratic party. If you are a hunter, you might join Ducks Unlimited. If you believe in local control of public education, you should definitely join My Germantown Schools. By joining together, we will form the foundation of public support upon which a local school district will be built.
Unify: My Germantown Schools will work to build a consensus in support of local control over our schools. A city school district provides an incredible opportunity to link parents, other residents, the business community, and municipal government together in a singular pursuit – excellence in education. We truly can be the shining city on the hill.
There are some difficult questions to be answered. Our Board of Aldermen and, later, the local school board will make decisions and set policy. Our role is to build one voice in favor of a municipal school district.
A successful effort will require the support of all Germantown residents. To reach all constituencies, we have formed a steering committee with public school parents, private school parents, and retirees from the four corners of Germantown. The tremendous value of these multiple perspectives has already shown through in our first few steering committee meetings.
We have also registered a political action committee (PAC) underneath the My Germantown Schools umbrella. The PAC can provide a vehicle for supporting our elected officials. More importantly, the financial reporting required by the PAC will provide transparency for the financial dealings of My Germantown Schools.
We have already seen the support of hundreds of Germantown residents. We need the support of thousands. Please forward this message to everyone in town. Send them to MyGermantownSchools.com to join the cause.