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Let me cut to the chase: Now more than ever we need to protect parents’ voices inside the classroom.
I know I join parents across southern Indiana, and across our country, in feeling increasingly worried as soon as we send our children off to school.
It wasn’t always like this. However, as a mother to three school-aged children, I have experienced it myself throughout the years. Conversations surrounding education have evolved, especially conversations about a parent’s voice when they are advocating for their children.
Recently, it feels like the communication lines have been strained, or even severed, between home and school – where our children spend most of their day.
Rep. Erin Houchin proposed the “Parent’s Bill of Rights” to protect schoolchildren. (iStock, File)
Some changes became painfully obvious to parents during the pandemic, as our living rooms became classrooms. Quickly, parents came to realize exactly what their children’s days looked like.
Many parents have told me that they were surprised and disappointed by what they learned about their children’s educational experience. And when parents vocalized these concerns in school board meetings, they