California parents on school participation is a new article in The San Francisco Chronicle.
Here are some excerpts on the unsurprising results of a new survey:
Wealthy parents are more likely to make cookies for bake sales, volunteer in classrooms and be otherwise involved in their children’s schools than lower-income mothers and fathers. That’s the conclusion of a survey of California public school parents released Thursday….
“There had been no other poll, really, that drilled down to give us a baseline to see how involved parents are, what the attitudes are to their schools,” Freedberg said. “We asked parents what it would take to get more involved.”
The answer: Parents want to participate more, but schools need to make it easier, Freedberg said of the results.
“Parents are more likely to cite a lack of time, rather than a lack of interest or a system that is unreceptive to their input, as an obstacle to greater participation in advising and decision-making,” the survey concludes.
Parents want translators, advance notice of meetings, weekend options and perhaps most importantly, they want to know their input matters, the poll found.