WEIGAND PARENTS UNITED

Background

Weigand Elementary is a different school today.  Beyond obtaining strong, new school leadership, the parents now have willing district partners with whom to work toward additional in-district reforms, including more support for teachers to help them become more effective and accountable to all students.  Additionally, parents and the district have brought in an inspiring new culture of high expectations, transforming Weigand Avenue into a school that nurtures the participation, support, and involvement of parents and the community. Their petition produced no real change, and their voices were repeatedly silenced.

Campaign

Weigand Parents United formed in response to the years of academic failure at the school as a collective community voice that would demand change. The parents actively supported the teachers at the school, but wanted to see a change in leadership that would be able to put their children on a path to success. The parents gathered and filed an in-district reform petition under California’s Parent Empowerment Act. With the backing of a strong majority of parents at the school, Weigand Parents United successfully brought in a new school leader who would collaboratively and capably prepare their kids for success.

Result

Weigand Elementary is a different school today.  Beyond obtaining strong, new school leadership, the parents now have wiling district partners to work toward additional in-district reforms, including more support for teachers to help them become more effective and accountable to all students.  Additionally, parents and the district have brought in an inspiring new culture of high expectations, transforming Weigand Avenue into a school that nurtures the participation, support, and involvement of parents and the community. 

Statistics (2011-2012)
Grades: K-5
Enrollment: 414
2012 Base API: 689
Demographics

  • 86% Hispanic
  • 14% African American
  • 84% Low-Income

Proficiency Rates

  • 66% NOT at grade level ELA
  • 57% NOT at grade level in Math