by Tamia Ingalls
in the Courier-Post on Monday, December 5, 2016
Why was hosting a neighborhood meeting at my home with Camden City School District Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard important to me? There are a few different reasons. First, it is important in the city of Camden to bring parents together to feel comfortable about expressing their questions and concerns. Second, parents were able to learn about the new school information cards and the state of Camden city schools; the progress that we have made and where we can look to improve. Last, the parents who came to my house were able to get more information on Camden Enrollment – the new open enrollment system in the city where parents can choose which school is best for their child’s needs.
I enjoyed partnering with Tremaine Johnson of JerseyCAN as the moderator, Camden City School District, the Parent Solutions Center, and Parents for Great Camden Schools. In attendance, we had parents from charter, renaissance and traditional district schools – their care and concern is all the same: making sure that that each and every child in the city has access to a high-quality school no matter what neighborhood they live in. It was also great to hear from the superintendent that there has been progress made in the past three years, but all parents in the room know that we have work to do. Once again, I want to thank everyone who came and participated at my neighborhood meeting. It was a great chance for them to learn about the progress being made, resources offered to parents and students, and the great work organizations like Parents for Great Camden Schools continues to do.