Sunday, January 20, 2013

January School Board Meeting Monday the 28th

NIP at the November board meeting
The January board meeting is Monday, January 28 at 7pm.  It is held at 1111 West 6th St in the Carruth Administration Center Board Auditorium, Room B100.
Please invite all of your local friends. We will attend the AISD regular meeting to ask the trustees to adopt a pro-health, mother- and baby-friendly board policy to support nursing mothers' right to breastfeed their babies wherever they are hungry, without fear of confrontation or discrimination, and without having to choose between participating in their school children's lives and feeding their babies optimal nutrition as recommended by, among others, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization.

In the fall, Austin ISD enacted and the rescinded a discriminatory regulation which isolated nursing mothers. The rescission of the regulation is appreciated, but leaves a void. As administration has decided to dismiss the issue, it is vital that a board policy be adopted to serve as a means to educate staff on how to treat breastfeeding mothers in a way that supports the health of our community. You can attend to show your support whether or not you choose to speak.

There is a hallway outside of the board auditorium where children can be if you are concerned about them being bored or loud in the auditorium. I imagine we can support each other in keeping an eye on them all.

I will update with the time for Citizens Communication when an agenda is made available.

If anyone has trouble finding the building or anything, you can call or text me on my cell at (512) 655-9NIP.

The following information is from AISD's website:

Every Regular Board meeting includes one hour for Citizens Communication. Each speaker is allotted two minutes. This allows up to 30 speakers, who speak in the order in which they signed up, to address the Board about the issue of their choice.

If you wish to speak during Citizens Communication, you must sign up on the day of the meeting, before the meeting begins. You can sign up in the Superintendent's Office (Rm. A-250) during regular work hours (7:45 am to 4:45 pm), or in the Board Auditorium between 4:45 pm and 7:00 pm. Speakers will be asked to provide the following information: The subject to be addressed, speaker's name, address, and telephone number, and, if applicable, the group or organization the speaker represents. An individual may not sign up for another person, nor can speakers exchange time or yield time to others.

All citizens' comments at Regular Board meetings are televised and rebroadcast on AISD Cable Channel 22 and over the AISD Website.

To get an idea of what the board meetings are like, you can view one here -
Citizen Communication begins just before the 29 minute mark.

You can find some talking points & resources thanks to Marianne Baker Bolduc at

Another great way to prepare to speak can be found in this fascinating TED Talk -
It's a very worthwhile 20 minutes. You should watch this even if you won't be at the board meeting. It's awesome.

Please let us know if you plan to attend. Thank you!

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1 comment:

  1. We're following your efforts very closely up here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, as we begin a similar journey with our school district. Thank you so much for doing this, and for taking the time to blog about it!