Squandering taxpayer money. Andy needs to pay a visit and clean house!
As a teacher in the district for over a decade, I can tell you that one of the major complaints of teachers and administrators is that parents aren't more involved.
I can also say that some parents believe that advocating for their child means denying any wrongdoing on their child's part... it's always someone else's fault. Also, even when teachers do keep parents in the loop and make frequent phone calls, the students most in need of behavioral modification are not effectively addressed by those parents a vast majority of the time. Any parents who are called more than 2 times a marking period, by the 3rd marking period are pretty much getting those calls so they can't tell the school the teacher didn't let them know.
As opposed to putting out a survey (that Howard Eagle is likely correct in his belief that the impact will be minimal), how about putting the effort into developing a class for parents that will help teach parents how to become effective advocates, and how best to become involved in their child's education. Too many parents do not know how to access the "system" in a meaningful and effective way. I'm sure the district has held these classes before, but they need to hold them regularly, often,. in a variety of places. Many of our least effective parents have not had positive experiences with school, so holding these classes at a school effectively shuts them out. Hold them at community centers and libraries, restaurants and other places around at a variety of times so parents can participate without having to take time off work. If we do this, a survey won't be necessary... we will have done enough to get parents involved. It will then be their responsibility.
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