Mon, Oct 22, 2012
6:30 PM

Education Town Hall with Parent Voices NY

A recent Wall Street Journal article reported that parent involvement is on the decline across the city – with 60% fewer parents attending parent-teacher conferences in 2011 than in 2008. Far too often these days, parents are simply not welcomed as partners by the Bloomberg Administration.

City Councilmember Brad Lander and Parent Voices NY are organizing a Public Education Parents Town Hall on Monday, October 22nd to make sure that parent voices are heard loud and clear. RSVP below.

It is essential that parent voices are heard in public education. So we’ll be talking about parent organizing efforts to:

  • Reduce the over-emphasis on high-stakes testing (crowding out well-rounded education for our kids, and adding stress to students and teachers alike), and shift to a better system of evaluation and support.
  • Shape the debate about public education in the 2013 mayoral and citywide elections
  • Develop innovative PTA & parent involvement efforts to support all schools
  • Support healthier food, gardening, and sustainability
  • Advocate for special education services

Event Location

MS 51
350 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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