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Parent Involvement

Title I Parent Involvement

Parent Involvement is a key part of Title I and the success of all schools. Under Title I, parents have the right to help plan and review the schoolwide programs, volunteer their time, and join the Title I Parent Advisory Council. All schools that receive Title I funding must work with parents to create and distribute a written parent involvement policy that outlines the district and school’s expectations for parent involvement, information about parent involvement activities, and aligns with the district’s parent involvement policy. In 1992, Durham Public Schools adopted Board Policy 2015 (Parental Involvement in Title I Programs). The policy has since been revised in 1999 and 2005. You can find the district policy here.

Title I law also includes “Parents’ Right to Know.” This states that parents have the right to request information on the qualifications of their child’s teacher and instructional assistant. This information includes whether or not the teachers and assistant have met the certification requirements of the state and whether or not the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status. This can also include the bachelor’s degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certifications or degrees held by the teacher and whether or not the child receives services from as assistant and if so, his or her qualifications.

All Title I schools must hold an annual Title I meeting for all families. This program should provide parents with information about Title I in their school, ways for parents to become partners in education, and information about the school’s achievement and AYP status.

At the district level, Durham Public Schools holds four Parent Advisory Council or PAC meetings throughout the year. All parents from Title I schools are encouraged to attend these events. Parents in the district are able to join the PAC Steering Committee which determines the agenda and focus for each meeting.

The PAC dates for 2013-2014 are listed below:

  • October 22
  • December 10
  • February 25
  • April 29

All meetings are held at the Staff Development Center at 2107 Hillandale Road in Durham.  Meetings begin at 5:30 P.M. and food/childcare (for school-age children) is provided.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the PAC Steering Committee, please contact Marcelle Thomas at 560-2628.