I am aware that Peoria Unified was included in a national and local ad campaign launched by a newly formed organization out of Virginia called Free to Learn. I am disheartened that this campaign unfairly accuses our Governing Board of blocking access to our curriculum. This could not be further from the truth.
Our district recognizes the important role that parents play as their child’s first and best teacher and will always prioritize parent engagement in the learning process. We are committed to making sure that each parent has a connection with their child’s learning and understands how to address any concerns. We provide our parents with multiple platforms to engage with us and their teacher and continue to look for new ways to bolster the school to home connection.
For more than 130 years, Peoria Unified has fostered learning environments where students are free to ask questions, develop individual thoughts and opinions, think critically of ideas and concepts, and are free to achieve. This does not happen by accident, but is the result of a supportive Governing Board, leadership team, teachers and support staff who care deeply about each student we serve.
To the Peoria Unified staff who are feeling attacked by this campaign, I encourage you to keep doing a remarkable job with your students to reinforce for our community the incredible work that takes place in our classrooms. Thank you for all you do to help our 36,000 students shape tomorrow.