I’ve posted previously about the absolutely awful job the New York City schools seem to do related to parent involvement/engagement (Does The New York City Dept. Of Ed Have Any Clue What They’re Doing In Parent Engagement?). Well, this week the new NYC Schools Chancellor fired the head of parent engagement for the city’s schools [...]
School officials search for funding for parental involvement program is the headline in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The budget for an ambitious and apparently successful parent involvement program is going from $2 million to $100,000 or so and from 35 schools down to…two.
I usually just do a year-end list on parent engagement posts and many other topics, but it gets a little crazy having to review all of my zillion posts at once. So, to make it easier for me — and perhaps, to make it a little more useful to readers — I’m going to start [...]
Two months after completely bungling elections for Parent Councils (and that election was a “do-over” because they had completely bungled it the first time), they have announced spending $2 million dollars for a survey to parents. I have voiced my concerns about the use of surveys in previous posts. I am amazed, though, the the [...]
Here are two more articles providing more information about yesterday’s approval of California parent trigger regulations b the State Board of Education: New parent trigger regs approved is from Thoughts on Public Education. Regulations approved for schools’ ‘Parent Trigger’ law is from The Los Angeles Times.
Calif board OKs rules giving parents school power is the headline of an ABC News article describing the California State Board of Education’s approval of regulations to govern use of the parent trigger law. As I’ve written many times before, it’s a bad law that should have never been passed. Given that it is the [...]
Why parents love a lower-rated school is an interesting post from Jay Mathews. It’s about a school that is presently mixed between lower and middle income families. The District now wants to move many of the middle income families to a different school that is “higher-rated.” The middle income families are fighting it. I guess [...]
Even though I think it’s a pretty safe bet that the idea of a “parent trigger” law is rapidly dying, it looks like the California State Board of Education may soon approve final regulations governing the process. You can read about it at Final (maybe) Trigger regs up for vote .
Legislative Momentum Stalls for ‘Parent Trigger’ Proposals is the headline in an article today at Education Week. Here’s an excerpt: The momentum behind “parent-trigger” proposals, one of the hottest ideas for overhauling struggling schools, has slowed in statehouses amid political opposition and vexing questions about how those bold plans should be implemented at the local [...]
Gloria Romero, the former California State Senator who attacked the PTA and compared schools to batterers, was warned by the state ethics agency for violating lobbying restrictions in her advocacy for the parent trigger. You can read about it in the Los Angeles Times: Former state Sen. Gloria Romero warned about lobbying.
A very major effort is getting underway in Birmingham, Alabama, to create a series of “Parent Universities” throughout the school district. I’ve written quite a bit about “Parent Universities” in the past. Elisa Gonzalez, our school’s Parent Engagement Coordinator, has done an extraordinary job working with parents to create an extremely popular Parent University — [...]
Family Engagement: Four Great Ways to Get Involved is a report on the Department of Education’s blog about a family engagement forum they recently hosted. If the blog post is an accurate indication of what occurred, then it’s a sad commentary about the level of the Department’s sophistication and leadership on this topic — just [...]
Editorial – Bad Cut: PTA’s winner becomes a budget loser comes from The Fayetteville Observer, and criticizes the state for cutting funding for a PTA program that, among other things, supported teacher home visits. I’ve previously written quite a few posts on the effectiveness of home visit programs.