Pittsburgh Public Schools reviews parent involvement policy

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The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools tonight reviewed a proposed revised parent and family involvement policy that would foster Parent School Community Councils in all buildings and make the policy apply to all schools, not just those receiving federal Title 1 money.

The policy, which is expected to be voted on at the May 29 legislative meeting, has been under development by parents and staff since last August. It largely clarifies and updates the existing policy, but it also adds some accountability measures, such as requiring schools to have Parent School Community Councils that meet regularly and post minutes on the schools' websites.

Some board members expressed concern about inconsistencies among schools, such as Parent School Community Councils that don't meet for five months, meet for only 10 minutes as part of a Parent Teacher Organization meeting or meet at times inconvenient for working parents.

One of the goals is to get more parents to participate.

The current policy for parent involvement applies only to Title 1 schools. Two schools -- Pittsburgh Colfax K-8 and CAPA 6-12 -- are not eligible for Title 1 but will be covered by the new policy, if adopted.

More details of the policy can be found on the district's website, www.pps.k12.pa.us.

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Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.


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