Sunday, November 8, 2009

Title 1 schools using stimulus money to pay parents for involvement

Indiana - "It's part of a two-year effort at the South Bend Community School Corp. to tackle one of the most daunting challenges of students who fall behind: How do you get their parents more involved?

Henson is paid with federal stimulus money in the district's new Helping Hands program, which this fall began hiring parents of struggling students in various jobs at 11 of its Title I schools, which contain large numbers of poor kids. For $10 an hour, parents help up to 20 hours a week in the cafeteria, at recess, in the classroom, whatever is needed.

'By osmosis, they will learn how the school works,' says James Husband, program coordinator.

Deeper lessons, though, come from a partner program that's also fueled by stimulus money, Parent University, where parents at the same schools learn to help their children learn.

'We believe parents care; they just don't know how to help,' says Husband, who'd served as assistant principal at Jefferson and Marshall intermediate centers."

Read the entire article here, read about how parents are selected here.


Anonymous said...

So, now school districts have so much money that they can pay parents to do their jobs? It becomes more ridiculous every day. If you are going to have children, then raise them or give them to someone who will.

Sharon Crews said...

I have mixed feelings on this one--if the program doesn't result in noticeable change, then it is a waste of money (but the money is already gone and there is no way to measure success). Maybe not so mixed after all--paying them to do odd jobs around the school is a long shot for teaching them how to help their own children. In keeping with our "not so agreeable" discussion on C.J.'s blog, I have no problem with telling parents that they have to participate in learning programs if their children aren't behaving in school, etc. There just has to be accountability for the good of the children--and the earlier the better. Parents have to be convinced that the socialization of their children is their job--no one else can do it effectively. The way kids behave at home is more than likely the way they will behave at school.

Mahkno said...

Hmm.. in parochial schools, if you don't 'participate', you pay more.