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Parents’ ‘Right to Know’ focus of EPOP campaign
By Kate Nelson on Sep 25, 2002 11:33 AM
The Eastern Pennsylvania Organizing Project (EPOP) has launched a citywide “Right to Know” campaign, focusing on parents’ right to know information about their schools and their children’s academic performance.
The campaign was developed out of a citywide EPOP survey of 1,000 parents and 350 teachers. The survey showed clear concerns among teachers and parents across Philadelphia about poor communication between schools and families.
“Information is key in creating a powerful teaching and learning partnership,” said EPOP leader Delores Shaw. “All parents are able to participate in their children’s education, but we need to level the playing field by getting information out to parents so we can all participate and make informed decisions.”
Information that EPOP believes a parent should have the right to know about their children’s performance includes: classroom learning expectations sent home regularly; risk-of-failure notices sent home halfway through the grading period; and test scores given to parents in a way that helps parents know how best to work with their children.
EPOP members are also requesting that information be available about individual schools and classrooms such as teacher certification information, absentee rates, complete school budgets, and the School Safety Plan. Additionally, they are asking to know whether teachers in their schools have meaningful input in their professional development.
EPOP is planning a public action in support of the “Right to Know” campaign at Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church (2319 Fitzwater St.) on Sunday, September 29 at 7 pm with invited guests CEO Paul Vallas and members of the School Reform Commission.
Contact EPOP at (215) 634-8922.