Tuesday, July 27, 2010

How invested are CMs in improving parent engagement in schools?

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is making grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofits and local educational agencies (LEAs) to fund parent-created school projects.   The purpose of the grants is to recognize parent engagement in education.

The question is this:   Will those elected officials in DC who have supported punishing parents for poor engagement in their children's education promote this funding opportunity as a way to recognize those parents who are engaged?   Will these officials use this opportunity as a way to encourage other parents to become involved?

And who, pray tell, are CMs who believe punishing parents is the answer?   At-large member David Catania, At-large member Kwame Brown, and Ward 6 member Tommy Wells; all three have in the past support sanctioning parents for at least one kind of bad behavior.

Do they believe punishment is the only answer?   No.   And the Lowe's grant is one way for them to demonstrate that they are interested in more than punishment.   Now, during election season, is a great time for all three to discuss ways to make genuine and lasting improvements in family functioning, including parent engagement in education.

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