Defend and Reinvigorate Parental rights and involvement in Michigan Education
The responsibilities of public education do not remove the rights of the parent in their child’s development. The State is not the parent. The student and the parent are not servants of the state. The state is the servant of the citizen.
Problems . . .
a. School systems do not have the right to keep anything from the parents. Abusive parents must be dealt with by law enforcement NOT subversive school policy. Every student issue is their parent’s issue.
b. Blanket board policies cannot speak to every student or parent issue, therefore educational choices should be allowed, promoted and provided for parents.
c. Parents who make choices outside of their local boards offerings may do so at their own expense. Separate public, charter, private and home-schools are parental choices.
And Solutions . . .
*Parental involvement should be a part of the administrative mantra and structure.
*Even parental choices from local public offerings should be at their own expense: music, arts, athletics, busing, meals, AP classes, and disciplinary considerations. The taxpayer is not responsible for the extras.
*The best structure to promote parental involvement is a local one, not a state centered one. The State does not have power over parents and children in the realm of education.