Do you know there is a problem with the quality of your child’s education? You are not alone. You would be surprised to know that many parents feel the same way. Sure your neighbor’s kids are doing just fine in their zip-code dictated school, but your kids could do better….and you know it. What should you do?
There are many things you can do to help improve your child’s education. The first and best place to start is talking to your child’s teacher and having an open an honest discussion. Explain what you are feeling and why. Ask for ways you can work together with your child’s teacher to make immediate and long-term improvements. If that does not work, go to your child’s principal. Explain your concerns and follow it up with an email outlying your discussion and a timeframe you expect changes. Remember, your child cannot wait for an entire school year. Action steps need to happen now.
Talk to other parents. Parents need to step up and support one another. Just because your child is doing well, does not mean others are doing well. Education is not a one-sized fits all experience. Also, if your child is not doing well, it is your obligation to talk to the principal and explain the problem. Doing so will help future students, so they are placed with the right teacher. You may not know that in some districts, principals are not allowed in a teacher’s classroom without an appointment. This limits what principals can see for themselves. Speaking up can really help other students have a successful school year.
Finally, we suggest you attend your local school board meetings. You can visit your school district website to see a list with the dates of the meetings. You can gather your girls and trade up from Bunco to a school board night. Get there early to introduce yourself to the district staff and board members. You will witness important discussions by the district administration as well as how your elected school board votes. This is vital information for future school board elections, which are typically well-funded by teachers’ unions. Experiencing school board meetings will allow you to make your own educated decision minus the influence of well-funded, special interest campaigns.
Remember, you do not have to walk alone. You have your PALs!
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