Chicago's local school councils have been around more than 20 years but are in some ways a limited and limiting form of parental involvement. So what if parents banded together to form a union just like teachers and others have done? That's the idea that's floated in this Medill Reports article -- a somewhat new notion that is being tried in Los Angeles but is still relatively unfamiliar:
McDermott, an expert in parental involvement in education and assistant
professor with DePaul University's School for New Learning, said the
concept of a parent's union was new to her. But she added that the
parents may not feel their voice is being heard through more
traditional means such as local school councils."
What do you think? A related idea -- a citywide association of local school councils -- was tried and abandoned during the 1990s.