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Parent Involvement: Finding the Right Balance

Just in case you missed it, we wanted to alert you to an Education Week story about a report on how parents of high school students would like to be more involved in their schools, but those with children who attend low-performing schools say the schools do little to encourage parent involvement.

Over the years, I have heard parents from struggling schools complain that not only do low- performing schools do little to encourage parent involvement, some actively discourage parents from trying to get involved.

On the other hand, there is a dark side to parent involvement when "helicopter parents" or simply obnoxious ones think they are experts in education and believe they should take an active role in managing a school, wasting valuable time for many educators and administrators.

So, where do you find the balance between encouraging more parent involvement but not too much? What experiences have you had with too little or too much parent involvement?

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