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A response from Robles Elementary School

The principal says her school is making progress, and shares details
 
Delilah Rabeiro is principal of Robles Elementary School. A Texas charter group wants to open a school within five miles of Robles under the "schools of hope" plan that invites alternatives to schools with disappointing test scores and grades. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
Delilah Rabeiro is principal of Robles Elementary School. A Texas charter group wants to open a school within five miles of Robles under the "schools of hope" plan that invites alternatives to schools with disappointing test scores and grades. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
Published April 3, 2019|Updated April 3, 2019

The Tampa Bay Times, in reporting this article about a Texas charter school group that plans to build four “schools of hope," invited input from the principal of two elementary schools in question: Robles and Oak Park.

The idea behind the state charter plan is that providers such as IDEA should be welcomed into the state to provide alternatives in communities where schools are getting disappointing results.

Delilah Rabeiro, who was named as Robles principal on June 28, had this to say:

"Turnaround leadership is my passion. I was enrolled in the Ed.S program in Turnaround Leadership at the University of South Florida in partnership with Hillsborough County. I am continuing my education and currently enrolled at USF in the Ed.D program. I have 8 years of experience in leadership. I am leveraging my education and my experience to close the achievement gap at Robles.

"We are aware of legislation passed allowing other schools to come into the state and provide services to students. We welcome choice in our community. Our job is to serve our children. There are so many wonderful programs and initiatives happenings at Robles Elementary. We were awarded the TOP 3 Grant from the state. As part of the grant, Robles already began work in the community school framework. We have a comprehensive plan designed to provide an education and supports that will enable each student to excel as successful and responsible citizens.

"We have been able to initiate a Parent Resource Room and parent liaisons. Our student success center is a dedicated space for teachers to engage students with advanced technology and STEM curriculum.

"Our current Model is compromised of the Six Pillars of Community Schools. We have started the community school transformation model.

"Robles Elementary offers interactive technology with upgraded resources in our building emphasizing increasing student engagement.Every classroom has a full library with engaging books that kids love to read.

“We are a family at Robles Elementary School and our dedicated teachers and support staff are doing everything they can to ensure student success.”

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Thank you, Ms. Rabeiro. We welcome input from Oak Park Principal Christopher Ryan Moody as well.