Dear Cabot Community,
The Cabot  PTO would like to share some important information about proposed changes in PTO funding of technology across Newton elementary schools.
Currently, Newton Public Schools (NPS) rely substantially on PTOs to fund technology in each of their respective schools.
NPS has determined a standard of technology goals for all of the schools. Each PTO works with school administration to identify the school’s individual technology needs based on the NPS goals. The PTOs then fundraise to the best of their abilities to meet these needs.
Because fundraising for technology is done at the school level, not every school is able to fundraise equal amounts, and as a result technology funding school to school can vary greatly. The 1.19.14 Boston Globe articleSchool PTOs Play Key Role in Technology Funding, outlines this phenomenon.
The PTO Council (PTOC) Executive Board has spent this year looking into equity issues amongst the Newton elementary schools and has been working towards a proposal to address the technology inequities between them. The PTOC Board has developed a proposal that would change how technology is funded in Newton. Instead of paraphrasing the proposed Equity Policy and Grant Policy changes, we would like you all to read it for yourselves. Below are the drafts and data that the PTOC Board has presented to the PTOC at large.
The PTOC Board will be presenting the proposal to School Committee at their open meeting on April 7th so that School Committee can then review the proposal and discuss it among themselves.
The PTOC Board would like its members to vote a “yes” or “no” on their support toward the proposal by April 16th. We are seeking input from you, the Cabot community, so that we, your PTO Co-presidents, can represent you at PTO Council with our vote.
We thank you for your attention to this matter and look forward to hearing from you.
Vanessa Allen and Erin Edwards
Cabot PTO
Co-presidents 2013-2014