School is out but the fight continues to stop the decision made by Dr. George Fornero, Superintendent of the Ann Arbor Public Schools, to reassign popular Principal Mike Madison to a temporary, short-term position at Ann Arbor Open School.
The Ann Arbor Board of Education is meeting tonight, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the Ann Arbor District Library. Important public commentary will be heard on the decision by Dr. Fornero, Supporters of Mike Madison plan to meet on the first floor of the Ann Arbor District Library at 6:45 tonight and then proceed to the meeting together. The meeting is on the 4th floor of the AADL.
It is important that all Forsythe community parents who support Mr. Madison and the teachers at Forsythe come to this meeting to show their support. Wear t-shirts, bring signs, bring your children, etc.
The decision to transfer Madison out of Forsythe was made without first hearing input from a majority of parents, teachers, and students who believe that Principal Madison should stay at Forsythe to continue his legacy of commitment to all students at this middle school. Our community opinion, was not sought and therefore completely disregard in this decision.
Supporters have protested this move since they learned about it through a letter that was sent to all Forsythe parents and guardians in early June (or late May). See the website http://www.bringbackmike.org/,
Dr. Fornero has made a decision without the necessary input from the entire community at Forsythe. In addition, there has been a rush to form a transition team to secure a new principal at Forsythe. A letter by Joyce Hunter, Administrator for MIddle Schools, written on June 17th to the parents/guardians of children at Forsythe pushes ahead with an unrealistic plan to be able to announce a new principal by the end of July 2005.
The administration is not hearing what the community is saying to them. Tonight they will have a chance to hear, reflect, and then respond to concerns.
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Anne L. Jackson