New law seeks parental involvement in schools

(September 15, 2003) - (Little Rock-AP) -- Schools and parents are the target of a new state law. A measure approved by the Legislature this year requires Arkansas's school districts and individual schools to develop a plan for involving parents in their kids' educations. The schools must come up with plans to get the adults at home to think about -- and, ideally, do something about -- what goes on in their youngsters' schools. The law requires committees of parents, staff and community residents to follow the National P-T-A guidelines on parental involvement. The districts and schools would keep parents informed of school activities and set up parent information centers. Those would be places where parents can find materials to help their children do better in school.