Parents and teachers talk MPS 'issues' at open forum

Parents and teachers talk MPS 'issues' at open forum

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Thursday parents, teachers, and community members frustrated over the state's intervention of Montgomery Public Schools gathered to get educated on the issues.

An open forum-type meeting was held at First Baptist of Greater Washington Park.

"It is time out for just sitting around taking what people give you. We have to much at stake, specifically our beautiful future, our children," said organizer Michelle Summers-Hines.

Michelle Summers-Hines, a parent and former MPS educator, along with a group of others organized the event. The intervention process, what charter schools are, and how parents and teachers can move forward were some of the items addressed.

"Our teachers at the traditional schools, they take what you give them and cultivate and motivate. Parents must realize how powerful they are, that their opinions matter, and they are in this together," said Summers-Hines. "I feel like if these two powerful entities came together toward a common goal and had compassion for one another the party would be just getting started."

The goal of this grassroots effort is to see MPS succeed.

"Our end goal is to have a cohesive school system that has creative and innovative leadership that will water our wonderful school with what they need and be a wonderful light," said Summers-Hines.

Summers-Hines says the group is planning a debate for the first Thursday in May at 6 p.m. at First Baptist of Greater Washington Park. They are inviting every candidates running for the MPS school board to attend.

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