Parents don't need to be encouraged to become involved in their children's education, they need to stop being blocked. Schools need to provide more than 5 minutes twice a year for "parent-teacher conferences." Schools need to give more than 4 days' notice of said conferences. Schools need to open the open-government SLT meetings to the press (local press, not just the occasional NY Times reporter), parents, taxpayers and all citizens, the way school board meetings are open. Schools need to schedule those meetings at times parents might be able to attend: first thing in the morning, end of day, or evening. Schools need to provide parents with an outline of curriculum at the beginning of each year. Schools need to account to parents for every single city, state and federal mandate they fail to meet and explain why, and explain how those mandates will soon be met (library visits, gym time, recess, clean bathrooms).