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Families deserve school district that prioritizes families

August 3, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

"Believe in yourself. You are your child's best therapist and advocate!"

As parents, we want what's best for our children inside and outside of school. It's up to us as parents to hold the school district accountable for building strong relationships with families and community organizations.

You have the RIGHT to be treated as an active, valued partner in your child's learning and I advocate for that right.

Most importantly, as a parent, you have more rights than you might think when it comes to your child's education.

The school district should create regular stakeholder opportunities for parents to share feedback. They should always welcome parent perspective and give opportunities to learn about potential policy and program changes early on, so parents, and teachers can weigh in before decisions are made. This process is called being proactive and not reactionary.

I hear district leaders talk frequently about the role that families and communities play in student success-and we do not see them practice what they preach.

Parents are sometimes hesitant to become involved in the district because they don't have extra time or because they don't speak fluent English. But the biggest problem is the disconnect between our school district and families.

The bottom line is for our district to communicate using strategies that convey what is important in a way that can be heard by parents, families and invites them to participate/respond. Saving our children's lives is our first priority and the business we ALL should be in.

You have the right to have your voice heard. I believe there should be no tax increase and strongly believe parents have the right to decide.

Dr. Charles B. Dailey,

candidate, Lee County School Board, District 1

Cape Coral



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