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Where do Parents Turn for Help?
So often when children are having difficulties at school parents feel lost and confused when trying to determine where to turn for help. Part of knowing which way to turn means knowing what the guidelines are for particular situations. Each state has set forth specific rules, regulations, and procedures that more often than not parents are unaware of. Your strongest defense when it comes to issues that affect your child in public education is a knowledgeable offense. Your child's school, and its local administrators do have specific guidelines, expectations and responsibilities that they are obligated to uphold. One of our first responsibilities as parents should be to know what those guidelines, expectations, and responsibilities are, and secondly ... to hold educators accountable when those obligations are not met. Take the time to learn the expectations of your local school systems and the guidelines established by your state. Being prepared to counter evasive answers with state regulations, requirements and options enables parents to demand prompt and appropriate responses.
In addition to information regarding problem situations, you'll also find that most state Board of Education sites will also provide loads of information regarding a wide assortment of issues. Some of the web site topics addressed may include assistance programs, homework help sites, disability and special educational needs, screening, reports and statistics, curriculum requirements, directories, policy manuals and more. In addition to these topics you should also be able to locate links to your local or county Board of Education sites as well.
Remember that when you are prepared with all the pertinent information you are capable of becoming a much stronger advocate for your child. We strongly encourage you to browse your State Department of Education Web Sites in depth for more information. This page is designed to point you in the right direction. Click here to find your state's Board of Education Web Site.
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