Letter to the editor 3, Sept. 7, 2017

Parent involvement

Dear Editor,

Every September calls are put out for parents to become involved in their children's education by participating at Governing Boards, Central Parents' Committees, Parent Participation Organizations, and other pertinent committees.

Sadly, at times, not enough parents heed the call. At the webcast Lester B. Pearson School Board Council meeting on Aug. 28, the subject of poor parent attendance was raised.

Consider the Board's 'Parents Committee' May meeting. Only 17 of 48 school representatives were in attendance. As a result, the minutes read, "Requirements for quorum were not met."

That said, thanks to the Internet and social media, parents are more aware to what is happening, and can mobilize, when needed, on short notice.

Think of the parents protesting last year, making human chains around schools, fighting for more services for their children. Consider the legal victory by parents against Quebec school boards regarding fees for instructional material, textbooks, and educational services.

Parent involvement in the public education system not only improves academic achievement, but also lends itself to having an eye on how our education tax dollars are spent.

Hopefully, many parents - the first educators - consider running for a position and/or participating on one of the aforementioned committees.

Chris Eustace

Pierrefonds

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