The new executive director of Parents for Public Schools–San Francisco — a network of parents who work with the school district to improve public education in The City — urges parents to volunteer, join committees and get involved in their children’s schools.
Why is parental involvement so important?
Research has shown that parental involvement is one of the strongest indicators of student success.
What are your goals as head of Parents for Public Schools?
I want to ensure that there are families from diverse backgrounds actively trying to improve our school system.
San Francisco has one of the highest rates of private school attendance of any big city. Why should parents choose public schools instead?
Our population is so rich and diverse — our Asian community, our Latino community, our African-American community. We celebrate that in our schools. We’re proud to boast that we have one of the greatest achievement rates in California.
What misconceptions does the district need to counter?
That there are only a handful of good schools, when in fact our system is so robust.