Bill Maxwell: How one school engages parents of low-performing students
Inlet Grove is a charter school in a low-income neighborhood. It has 700 students. Minority enrollment is 94 percent, and 66 percent of the total enrollment is economically disadvantaged. Banks said that roughly 115 of Inlet Grove’s students are Level 1 readers on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). The highest level is 5.
I attended the first meeting of the parents’ classes on Oct. 12. Forty parents and their children showed up. Banks said she is certain the number will increase as the program matures. I asked what besides the low FCAT scores motivated her to establish the parent program.
Bill Maxwell is a columnist for the Tampa Bay Times. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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