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HCAE policy excludes parents

HCAE policy excludes parents

To the Editor:

Although I have no school-aged children, I read with interest the article about the Haywood County Association of Educators coming up with a new proposal for the review of instructional materials that a parent has found objectionable. 

The proposed changes would entail the principal forwarding the parental complaint to the building level committee. This committee would be made up of “one media specialist, three educators in related fields, two administrators and two students.” 

“If the complainant is not satisfied with the committee’s determination, they may appeal to the superintendent,” who would form a similar committee for the review. 

My question is why is no one representing the parents of students on these committees? Is the school system trying to shut out parents from the educational process?

Len May


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  • Are you kidding?
    The parents are the ones bringing the complaint - expressing their opinions and wishes. AND if they don’t like the decision they can appeal. Plus, they can contact a principal or a teacher just about any time they like. Plus, they can contact the Central Office to talk with a supervisor or the superintendent most any time. Plus, they can (and do) contact school board members ….. whether they should or not.

    Yeah, parents have no voice in any of this, do they? Give me a break!

    posted by John Sanderson

    Monday, 04/25/2022

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