Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Legislating parental involvement

Here is a great article highlighted by a local blogger about how one school district is thinking "outside the box" and requiring greater participation from parents of students who are struggling academically. The key to reaching some children is by modifying the behaviors of the parent. It would be interesting to follow this school district and observe what kind of changes in student achievement they observe from this program.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Diane--did you see the article in PJStar today on page B5 regarding fines for Illinois public bodies not in compliance with FOIA laws? It specifically states the first 50 pages are free, each copy thereafter is $.15, there are fines for non-compliance, and records must be provided electronically if feasible.

Anonymous said...

I think it is terrible that parents have to be forced to participate in the education of their children...here is a tip...if you don't want to raise kids, don't have kids!

-leslie110

Anonymous said...

Good luck with this. I have had many parents over the years that I would not want near anyone else's children, let alone ME!

kcdad said...

I think it is a shame that children are forced to participate in their education.
I have never met one child that didn't LOVE learning... until they got to school.
Maybe the simple answer is to make school fun again. Fun, interesting, relevant and ABOUT THE CHILD.

Merle Widmer said...

I've blogged on the requirement of parental involvment included a blog about a Tennessee judge who imposed fines on parents whose kids had more than 10 unexcused abscenses. He wrote them a letter telling them to attend a meeting on the problem. When they didn't, he took legal action.

See my blog dated 3/26/05 titled "Truancy".

Anonymous said...

Diane--do you know the protocol for addressing the BOE at a regular meeting? I know it's 5 minutes, but do speakers sign up in advance or just randomly go up to the mic? Also, does LOL mean "lots of love" or "laughing out loud" (or something else)?

Diane Vespa said...

Anon - in the past they have always just gone up to the mike. They were discussing changing that though so if you plan to speak just check with a security officer when you go in.. or the board secretary Julie Kramer who sits around the horseshoe. Don't be shy - they are all very polite. Re: the Lol, in my opinion it has taken on a meaning of its own. When people use it they are suggesting that it is all lighthearted fun. (That's my opinion Lol!)

Anonymous said...

I think D150 should do what Rockford School District has done. They parked school buses out in front of every school and students that caused problems were sent out to the bus and taken home, immediately. They could not return until a parent came in for a conference. If a person does not come in, then child services are called. I think this is a GREAT idea.