Speaking up for Every Child

Families understand their rights and responsibilities under federal and state laws.

Families understand how the school and district operates and are provided resources to help them navigate the educational system.

Families and school staff develop capacity to be effective advocates for their children and the whole student population.

Policies and procedures are in place that encourage smooth transitions between and within schools.

School staff and parent groups can make a critical contribution to student success by ensuring that all students have an advocate, whether it’s a family member, teacher, or community volunteer. They also can contribute to student achievement by offering opportunities for families to participate in Parent Advisory Teams while learning and practicing skills necessary to speak up for children and youth.

There are two main goals for Speaking up for All Children

Share information about student progress:

Parents must know how the local school and district operate and how to raise questions or concerns about school and district programs, policies, and activities. They also must understand their rights and responsibilities under federal and state law and local ordinances and policies. Key questions include:

  • Do parents know what school staffs do and who to contact for information?
  • Do parents know the legal rights of students?
  • Do parents know how to get a problem resolved?

Empower families to support their own and other children’s success in school:

Parents must be prepared to monitor students’ progress and guide them toward their goals so students graduate from high school ready for postsecondary education and a career. Key questions include:

  • Are parents offered opportunities to learn how to make the best choices for their children’s education?
  • How often do counselors and advisers meet with each student?