A PRRAC & NCSD Field Report (April 2018). By Jennifer Miyake-Trapp, Ed.D.
Excerpt: “Not so long ago, Sandy Roffman worked with a local realtor to purchase a home for her young family in Pasadena, California. While the realtor praised Pasadena’s neighborhoods and many amenities, she cautioned her clients about enrolling their children in the local public schools, sharing tales of dismal school conditions and poor performance. Fortunately, Ms. Roffman had her own set of personal experiences to counter the realtor’s negative perceptions. As PTA President of Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy, an elementary school in the Pasadena Unified School District, Ms. Roffman was intimately aware of the transformative educational opportunities offered to students. ‘It’s a shame,” reflected Ms. Roffman, ‘that the reputation of an entire school district can become so damaged by voices who have no clue what’s happening within it.'”