Parent-teacher ‘school governance council’ requirement divides Connecticut, New Haven

In a dispute that will determine whether New Haven must overhaul the way it engages parents, Superintendent Reggie Mayo said he was “shocked” to find out that the state has rejected the district’s attempt to opt out of a new law requiring new parent-teacher school governance groups, the Huffington Post. The conflict concerns how to conform to a new state law spearheaded by New Haven state Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield and the legislature’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus. The state reviewed New Haven 23 parent-teacher groups and concluded in December that none of them satisfy the new law. The state produced a chart of New Haven’s groups and found inadequate participation by parents and teachers. For example, six schools had only one parent participating in their parent-teacher group, while the state model calls for seven…

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