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A Parent's Voice
My name is Donnell Rosenberg and I am "just a Mom". I have never started a charter school or served on a governing board. I'm not a teacher or an administrator. I have served, like so many other charter school parents, in many capacities in my school---lunch room duty, PTO, various committees, crossing guard duty, classroom helper, field trip chaperone, and much more.
The only thing I ever won in my life is the day I "won the lottery" at my local charter school. My oldest son started Kindergarten there and his younger brother followed three years later. I didn't know much about charter schools back then, but I knew a little about the Core Knowledge Sequence being taught in my school and I knew it was something I wanted for my children.
That first year I found myself becoming inspired by the dedicated staff and parents and was continually amazed by their energy and passion. In the second year I joined the PTO board, then spent two years as president of the PTO. My involvement in the school and my love for the staff continues to grow.
In the Spring of 2007 I became aware of two issues, one in our local District and one at the State level, that had the potential to negatively impact my children's school. I realized though I was deeply involved in many of the day to day needs of the school, I understood very little about the political and financial challenges facing my charter school. So I began to ask questions and do research on a deeper level. I talked with my school administrator, local politicians, and other parents to learn all I could.
I found I had been living in a "bubble"---I didn't feel like a part of my school district and I didn't know a single parent from another charter school. If I, as an involved parent, could be so isolated from the "outside world" I knew I wasn't the only one. I began asking around for contacts in other local charter schools and started networking with those parents. I built an email distribution list of charter parents and school choice supporters in my county and began to communicate with them on a regular basis.
Together we worked to elect a charter-friendly board member to our local school district board of education. We began attending school district board meetings to learn more and to have our voices heard on issues important to charter schools.
And now I am reaching out across the State of Colorado, encouraging parents and community members to learn more about the school choice movement and to become advocates on behalf of our children's education---in a way some of us might not have done in the past.
Thank you for visiting my web site. I hope you will benefit from some of the resources and networking provided here.
I would love to hear from you. Do you have feedback about the website? Is there something missing you would like to see? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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