The Washington Office of the Education Ombudsman has initiated a series of clinics at community sites for families with questions about the education system, or are experiencing concerns about their children’s education. Participants at the first clinic hosted by a local YWCA and the housing authority included Somali, Cambodian and Vietnamese residents.
After a group of Somali families identified concerns, the OEO Ombuds facilitated a meeting with school district personnel and two of the families. They were able to express their concerns, and the district immediately responded by offering several solutions. More meetings are scheduled before the end of the school year. (White Center Community Development Association Blog.)