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Making the grade

by Evan White

Rochester, N.Y. -- If new school board president Van White has his way, students and teachers wont be the only ones receiving grades in the near future.

While students face exams and teachers have their evaluations, parents may join the numbers game if a new proposal by White is passed by the school board. His plan calls for parents to be graded on the attendance record of their children, the percentage of parents who complete yet-to-be-finalized surveys meant to assess engagement and their use or at least registration for ParentCONNECT a web link between the district and parents, according to White.

I actually like it, I hope the initiative moves forward in a positive way, said Robert Moses, a father or three city school students.

The proposal is part of a handful of ideas White introduced at a press conference Thursday night. Among the other ideas, new committees focused on student achievement, parent engagement, community safety and poverty.

We don't understand the how's and the why's, said Joyce M. Duckles, Ph.D., a Counseling and Human Development Professor with the University of Rochester and member of the parent engagement committee.

I think we need to get into the homes and find out why children are not going into the school if they're not going, added Duckles.

The proposal must to go through the school boards Parent Advisory Committee and Committee on Inter-governmental relations, according to White.

 
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