Although it is shown on the pjstar.com as a "public participation" meeting, the District has informed this Blog that the Parents as Leaders ("PALS") Program is open only to parents of District 150 students.
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In every other venue that community classes of this nature have been held (Morton, Illinois included) - they are open to the public, as the classes are viewed as a means of engaging parents AND the public, rather than a means to be exclusionary.
If you are a parent with a child in private school (who may be considering sending your child to a public school in the future); if you are a grandparent/guardian of a child in public school; if you are a taxpayer who is being asked to consider a tax increase in favor of the school District... these sessions about the inner workings of the District have been deemed off limits to you.
District 150 to host first Parent University meeting
PEORIA —Peoria School District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan will kick off the district’s first Parent University meeting with a parent forum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mark Bills Middle School, 6001 N. Frostwood Parkway.
The workshops, from 6 to 8 p.m., include a meeting of Parents as Leaders (PALs), a yearlong series of meetings designed to help parents understand how school districts operate. Discussion topics Thursday include District 150’s strategic plan, feeder schools, demographics and boundaries and public participation.
Other workshops include the College-Bound Peoria program; Common Core, the new national learning standards; Erin’s Law, a new state law on educating children about how to speak out about sex abuse; how to help students do well in advance placement courses; mental health awareness; strategies for independent learners; and resources to prepare students for college. Source