"School isn’t the same as it used to be. The experiences parents remember are far different from the experiences their children are having. The resources and challenges are different, too. The CLASS Coalition, spearheaded by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, has created a Parent Toolkit that empowers LAUSD parents and caregivers with the questions, checklists and info they need to be the biggest advocates for their children’s education."
While we don't all live in sunny LA, there's important information in this toolkit for everyone across California and the country. It provides information and instructions on topics such as:
- How to make your voice heard when schools are deciding where to apportion monetary support.
- Who to speak to in a given situation. E.g., principals, superintendents, and school boards
The toolkit also offers some sample questions, depending on a child's age, to help you get the ball rolling when planning a meeting with teachers, principals, etc. There's also a glossary of terms which you might find helpful.
If you live in Los Angeles, this is a "must have" toolkit. If you live outside of Los Angeles, this toolkit offers some great insights and might inspire you to build a toolkit for your city!