The Education Department announced a new grant programme on Tuesday to increase parent input in K-12 schools. A move that comes as Republicans capitalise on parents’ dissatisfaction with a third year of mandatory schooling and seek to dethrone Democrats as the party of education. In a statement, School Secretary Miguel Cardona stated, Parents’ views are vital to the success of our education system. They are the first and most significant instructors for our children.
Increase Parent input will help the kids outperform
The secretary emphasised that parent engagement and collaboration has been a priority of his work at the Education Department. Biden-Harris administration as a whole, including the requirement that states and school districts seek out community and stakeholder engagement. Before deciding how to spend federal aid from the American Rescue Plan, the most recent coronavirus aid package.
Excellent opportunity to stay connected with academics of their kids
As we work together meaningful parent participation in schools has never been more crucial.
Moreover, I’m encouraged that these new awards will support the crucial role that parents and families play in fostering academic achievement. It will also build their mental health needs, and the development of critical life skills for our children.
The grants would enable organisations, to work with state education departments to develop parent and family education engagement programmes. Moreover they provide training and other types of technical assistance to districts and schools. They work with the goal of increasing parental involvement in the K-12 system and improving student academic achievement.
Special grants for the ones who join
The department plans to award five to seven grants totaling $5 million, with an estimated award of $500,000 to $1 million per grantee. However it is not enough to change the system, but enough to show the Biden administration is paying attention to mounting criticism. It also states that BIden is serious about the education of children.