Grosse Pointe Public Schools will hold a forum on tonight, Dec. 11, to discuss proposed school reform legislation that has many concerned for Grosse Pointe Public Schools.
The forum with allow GPPS staff and attendees to further explore and discuss the issues of proposed school reform legislation in both the State House and Senate. There will be a panel discussion and open forum dialogue. The panel will consist of Marcie Lipsitt, a parent and education advocate; Judy Gafa, GPPSS School Board President; and Dr. Thomas Harwood, GPPSS Superintendent.
The proposed agenda for the forum is:
- Overview of recent proposed legislation
- Proposed federal and state legislation that is impacting programs and services in public education at the district level
- Policy and governance concerns about proposed state legislation
- Direct long-term impact on the Grosse Pointe Public Schools with this legislation
- Open Q and A with panel and participants
GPPSS Superintendent Tom Harwood sent district parents an email on Dec. 5 inviting them to the forum and urged them go to the district's website for additional superintendent blog postings on this important topic.
"As of today, we are still working to get our voices heard in regard to the proposed school reform legislation being introduced during this lame duck session in Lansing. I appreciate all of your support and your contacts to the legislative members to provide the necessary foundation that these proposed bills (HB6004/SB1358) are not good for public education in Michigan and will have an impact on the Grosse Pointe Public School System," Harwood wrote.
The forum will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Brownell Middle School in the Multipurpose Room.