It turns out, if you're persistent, put in some time and school board re-elections are coming up within in the next few months, there's a whole lot you can do :)
If a public/charter school's Curriculum Director, principal or teacher still says "no", then do this:
- 1) First go your next school board committee meeting with a crowd of parents insisting the gym teachers try it out. You must find out exactly who is saying "no" to know who to address and invite ahead of time to that school board meeting (the gym teacher, curriculum director, principal, or School Board members). Make them defend their decision to not try out the free curriculum and keep coming back to the phrase "this is a publicly-funded school of which a gym class is under no stresses of standardized testing and we are asking you to do it because these are our children and our wishes upon you, the elected official or appointed principal or teacher".
- 2A) If they say YES or MAYBE: You must still follow up; lots of administrations will just "look over" new material, but YOU must call again in 1 week to ask again, BE PERSISTENT. A fair timeline to use it is in 3-6 months tops.
- 2B) If they say NO: That's unacceptable. There is no reason to do 3 months less of basketball in Phys. Ed. to try such an innovative new program. If the teacher says "no" then request the principal discuss filling the wish of the parent community. If the principal says "no", go to your Superintendent asking the same. If your Superintendent says "no" then go to your School Board (again if need be).
- 3) Finally, if your School Board still says "no" or refuses to hold any of the other levels accountable: then wait 8 weeks before a School Board election and make this the #1 hot topic issue. Get someone else (even yourself!) to run for School Board and FLIP THE SEATS by not re-electing School Board members who lack the basic commonsense to try out such a unique, valuable free anti-drug anti-violence program. These are your children -- not theirs. Focus on neighborhood handouts of the individual district and yes, we are asking you to take a couple days out of your life to push this. Think of teen overdoses, school shootings or student suicides from bullying. Reach out to local newspapers. In the end, the current Board members who say "no" are needing to defend a horrible decision and very unlikely to get re-elected, unless you do nothing. So do something and please create change. Email us if you need guidance as Communication Platform has helped flip several School Board seats in big cities!