Protect Parent Voice!

Protect parent voice now!

We know that parent engagement leads to student success; however, schools are not always welcoming places for parents’ participation. Although we have the right to hold our children’s schools accountable, we are often met with tactics intended to silence us, intimidate us, and prevent us from actualizing our roles as partners in educating our children. These acts of retaliation are the result of an imbalance of power and accountability triggered by advocacy efforts by parents and guardians. NOLA Public Schools must pass policy that protect parents’ right to be involved and advocate for their children, without the fear of being intimidated, silenced, or retaliated against.

Retaliation doesn’t always look like you would expect it to.

Retaliation, in any form, can be defined as “an adverse action against a person that is made in response to that person’s grievance or participation in an activity that is protected by law.” Not only is meaningful parent and family engagement a good practice, it is also protected federally under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.

Schools use different tactics to silence parents and prevent them from being engaged as an active stakeholder in their children’s education. These tactics can range from something not as obvious like delaying or not responding to emails and phone calls to more extreme, explicit actions like intimidating or even punishing you or your child.