The biggest problem facing schools, according to ETS's 2007 public opinion poll - Standards, Accountability and Flexibility: Americans Speak on No Child Left Behind Reauthorization - is a lack of parental involvement. "Teachers (61% select it as one of their top two problems), administrators (53%), the public (39%), and even parents themselves (38%) say the lack of parental involvement is the central challenge to our nation's schools."
There is a lot of wonderful discussion going on throughout the country about reforming our schools, and a lot of good is going to come of it. However, Lt. Governor Denn believes parent involvement has not been a significant part of the dialogue and parental involvement is something he does not hear enough about.
Therefore, Lt. Governor Denn has made encouraging and celebrating parental involvement a priority issue. He is taking this issue to the legislature by proposing a bill that will encourage and track the level of parental involvement in Delaware public schools. He also has created a new award, the Excellence in Parental Involvement Award, to turn up the volume on this important issue... [more]