Eight parents who are running to sit on local Community Education Councils are suing to stop the elections. They argue the process has not allowed them a fair chance to reach the select parents with the authority to vote for them.
Although many parents support the drivers’ concerns about job security, a yellow bus strike will throw finely honed schedules into chaos.
The well-oiled volunteer network of parents involved in their local PTAs sprung into action after Sandy to put their fund-raising and outreach expertise to good use, often miles beyond the boundaries of their local schools.
Two women whose children attend a middle school in the Bronx say they’d like more information about their children’s progress and more access to school officials.
A parent-activist gave the movie “Won’t Back Down” two thumbs down because, among other things, it oversimplifies the choices facing parents today. Most parents don’t want to turn their schools over to private operators. Instead, she argues, they want neighborhood schools to have smaller class sizes, more art, music and science, and less time spent on standardized tests.
New York City is launching a new effort to help eligible immigrant parents of public school students become U.S. citizens, by offering free legal assistance and loans.
In her latest blog about teaching in a Bronx middle school, Laura Klein writes: “There’s a lot to criticize about the way special education works in this enormous system. It is cloudy and incongruous, difficult to define, and difficult to find any universal truths when you talk about it.” The failures command more notice than the successes, she said. “What I have struggled with in the last few years is to define what aspects of it specifically fail the students — what is the problem that we aren’t solving.”
A parent coordinator writes: These days there is a lot of emphasis on school accountability and teacher accountability. But who is paying attention to parent accountability and finding ways to help parents become more involved? “Someone is always talking, measuring, criticizing — but not solving,” she writes.
Richard D. Parsons, a New York businessman, was named chairman of a new state education commission by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Panel members include Randi Weingarten, Geoffrey Canada and John B. King Jr., but no parent advocates.
After years of budget cuts, families are reaching into their own wallets more and more to pay for basics, like school supplies, as well as pooling enough funds to hire school staff. Kyle Spencer, a New York Times contributor, and Beth Fertig of WNYC spoke on “The Brian Lehrer Show” about SchoolBook’s effort to collect information from parents on their public education spending.
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