A common complaint from public school parents is poor communication and feedback from their child’s teacher. This is especially a pervasive problem in low-income neighborhood schools. In East Harlem’s PS 146, this is not only a problem, it’s a policy for teachers not to contact parents without permission from their supervisors.
According to a recent article in the New York Post, PS 146 teachers are prohibited from communicating with paretns/guardians unless they receive an approval from their direct supervisor. According to the school principal, Dr. Mona Silfen, the policy has been in place since before her arrival.
The Department of Education has publicly criticized the policy and is working in removing it. The news comes amid new school chancelor Cathie Black pushing for parent involvement in schools.
One has to wonder what other “policies” are in place that hinder parent involvement in our schools.