Members of the Burundian, Somali Somali, Somali Bantu, and Bhutanese/Nepali communities presented their thorough research about the student placement process at Burlington High School; shared stories from students, multi-lingual liaisons, and parents. Burlington school leaders enthusiastically agreed to work together to pursue recommendations to improve student placement and communication with families. In December, New American Parents for Change Leaders and School Leaders will sit down together to work out the next steps. Copies of the research report and recommendations are available.
Voices for Vermont’s Children Community Organizers worked closely with Vermont Interfaith Action (VIA), who provided support and training over many months. It was a special occurrence to see so many diverse members of the Burlington community come together, empowered to speak out, enabled to listen to one another, and pledging to work together for the benefit of the next generation of Burlingtonians.