Why PQE ?
Every Child Counts
The quality of our public schools is as crucial to our future as clean air and clean water. Ultimately, having an educated populace determines the social, economic and political strength of our local communities and our nation.
Good schools help create neighborhoods where people want to live, determine the employability and earning power of our students and attract businesses with good paying jobs. Education also affects the public safety and property values of our neighborhoods.
The reality is too many children are falling behind. About 50% of the students in public schools are not proficient in the gateway skills of reading and math. Too many students drop out and of the students who do graduate, many are not ready for the modern workplace, college or to contribute responsibly as a citizen.
Public schooling has a “No Warranty, No Refund, No Return” policy. As a matter of urgency, we need to properly educate our children from the day they enter kindergarten until the day they receive their high school diplomas.
The Titanic Was Designed, Built and Operated by Experts… Yet It Sank
The people elected or hired to operate our public school system – bureaucrats, politicians, employee unions and others – are not fixing the problems. Good schools do exist, but good schools do not exist everywhere. Some of the roadblocks to effective reform are:
• The absence of effective leadership and a means to hold decision makers accountable.
• The influence of well funded and professionally organized special interest groups.
• The gap between what experts, parents and the public believe constitutes a successful school.
• How difficult it is for the average parent or citizen to know if their neighborhood school is as good as it should be and if the school district is doing everything it can.
• Rules that make no sense if the goal is to ensure that every child receives a quality education.
Everyone in the public school system says parent and public involvement is a crucial requirement for our schools to be successful. Yet, when well-meaning parents and citizens try to help, they are shepherded into ineffectual advisory groups while business continues as usual – to the detriment of the students and our nation.
Informed and Involved Parents Are the Key
Parents are responsible for the education of their children and are the critical factor for making good schools. Parents have the purest motive of all stakeholders in the public education system. They seek only one result: a quality education for their children.
Informed parents are able to recognize problems. Involved parents take leadership roles in their children’s education. They work effectively to ensure quality academic programs in their neighborhood schools and to change school district policies and state laws to support classroom excellence. Informed and involved parents – working together to magnify their impact – are the key to successful education reform.
Making Every School A Good School
Parents for Quality Education (PQE) targets key activities necessary to transform public education so every child receives a quality education. PQE commits to:
• Advance a shared understanding that student achievement is the measure of a school’s success.
• Foster the use of accurate, unbiased research and information on school effectiveness, education laws and academic programs.
• Encourage and train parents to take effective leadership roles in their children’s education.
• Mobilize the public to improve public education by partnering with parents to build local, self-sustaining capacity for education revitalization.
• Build a statewide, community-based coalition that focuses on transforming and revitalizing public education in our state.
• Establish a grassroots presence in legislative body to positively affect K-12 education policy.