An open letter to the leadership of Forest Hills Public Schools

Superintendent Behm and Principal Passinault, I am a parent of two students in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. I’m writing you regarding the behavior I witnessed of four Forest Hills …

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Comments on the GRPS Transformation Plan

Below is the complete text of my comments in support of the Grand Rapids Public submitted for the record on November 11, 2012. Superintendent Neal, Board President Lenear, GRPS Board …

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The need for teacher tenure reform

My remarks, as submitted, May 2, 2011 to the Michigan State Senate Education Committee in support of proposed tenure reform legislation. An abridged version of these remarks were presented to the committee on May4, 2011 in Lansing, MI.

The importance of program leadership in public Montessori education

My remarks, as written, were presented  as a public comment made to the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education, Education Subcommittee, April 20, 2011:

Hello, I am Matthew Patulski, a GRPS Montessori parent and a member the GRPS Montessori Taskforce.

On behalf of the task-force parents, we want thank the district for executing the Montessori marketing survey. Without scooping the details, I just want to say it validates what we have known for along time: there is interest in Grand Rapids for a high performing, public Montessori High School. This interest transcends, income, race and region as long as there are Montessori trained staff teaching Montessori curriculum.

To do this, we must start at the top: Hire a dedicated Montessori Principal or Program Director…

The outcomes of the GRPS Montessori Taskforce

On April 11, 2011, I spoke during the public comment section of the Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) Board of Education meeting about the work of the GRPS Montessori Taskforce …

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How the Grand Rapids Public Schools can save $3 to $5 Million in funds [an open letter]

Hello, Presently, Dr. Taylor and the Grand Rapids Public School Board are asking for parents and students to accept radical changes in the secondary teaching model for fall 2010. I …

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