Families In Schools Seeks Parent Leaders in Los Angeles
Are you a parent leader?
Sign up to become a Parent Ambassador!
Benefits of being an Ambassador include:
Opportunities to be engaged in state and district wide advocacy campaigns
Increased knowledge about current education policy and issues
Participation in advocacy related activities and educational conferences
Networking opportunities with parent and community leaders
Families In Schools is now accepting applications for the 2015 Parent Ambassador Program.
Deadline to apply is February 20, 2015
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Local Control Funding Formula & Parent Engagement
California faces a serious public education crisis. Research shows that a large majority of our schools are underperforming and that underserved communities bear the brunt of this crisis. This is why Families In Schools (FIS) is supportive of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) – California’s new way to fund public schools. LCFF increases funding for all districts (over time) with additional resources for low-income, English Language Learners and foster youth; it removes bureaucratic red tape that bogs down money sent to local school districts; and increases local flexibility of the resources by giving local school districts more options on how to best use funds.
But the promise of LCFF – to improve student success – hinges on one critical component: Parent Engagement.
The shift of control and authority to the local level needs to be matched by a strong accountability framework that can ensure schools are using the funds efficiently and effectively on behalf of the families and students they intend to serve. Indeed, any such accountability system in a democratic nation like the United States can only rest in the hands of the families the school system is designed to help.
Unfortunately, the basic components of effective parent engagement are missing in most schools across the state. This is particularly true in immigrant and low-income communities where obstacles such as language, lack of work flexibility, financial limitations, and limited knowledge of the school system are often seen by schools as excuses to blame parents rather than reasons to effectively engage them.
Building a strong parent engagement framework requires that school districts empower families as agents of accountability and student success by:
Giving families timely, accurate and actionable information to support learning at home and at school;
Supporting families to become advocates of their children’s needs;
Empowering families to make decisions in the best interest of their children; and
Providing leadership and training opportunities so families are equipped to provide oversight of school performance; and
Training school staff and committing resources to proactively engage families.
This is why FIS has made the strategic decision to focus on LCFF as an advocacy priority for the next two years. While we know that the implementation of this new policy will roll out over the next eight years, we also know that the next 24 months will be critical to ensuring that the true purpose of LCFF is accomplished. Our efforts will focus on ensuring that schools – especially those that serve primarily low-income communities – are held accountable for engaging families effectively. Both families and schools have a responsibility to construct a strong school-family partnership for student success. And, schools – as publicly funded institutions, and gatekeepers and curators of information families need — have an added duty to more actively support their children’s learning.
Join us in this movement to make schools more welcoming for families by staying connected to our work via our social networks and when possible participate in our surveys, pledges and other advocacy initiatives to demand quality public education for all families.