Protect parent voice!
We know that parent engagement leads to student success; however, parents do not always feel welcome. Although we have the right to hold our children’s schools accountable, we have been 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 and the fear of retaliation are a barrier to what we need in our city: true collaboration between parents and schools. We have been working with NOLA Public Schools to 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.” It 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.
We must pass policy that protects parents from these types of actions, and makes sure they know they are safe when advocating for their child.