Originally Posted by Canada
Your advice has been sage and is valued. I would rather work within the system than against it. Right now you have teachers and principal butting heads privately, and expressing an united front publicly. That makes it difficult as a parent to step in. Durango is probably ahead in dealing with these issues. They have been dealing with hispanic / indian / anglo issues since I was in that area as a kid. It is new to Park City.
Well, unfortunately Durango 9-R school district has not embraced or encouraged the diversity that has long been a part of our town. I know exactly what you mean when you talk about behind the scenes negotiations, etc. 5 years ago, I left due to discriminatory practices toward students; the next year, the principal was fired for doctoring test scores. I teach in Aztec now- an even more diverse community where the administration and teachers work together to find a balance between teaching to the test and teaching what is valuable.
Helio is right- your support and involvement in your children's education is going to be the most valuable thing you can do for them.