Proposed bill would require school boards to get parents involved

Posted Feb. 08, 2012, at 12:08 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers are considering a bill to get parents more involved in their children’s schools.

Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond of Portland is sponsoring a bill requiring every school board in the state to develop a plan to engage parents in their schools. Those plans would be posted online by the state Department of Education so parents could access them easily.

The Maine Education Association testified in favor of the bill during a public hearing before the Education Committee on Tuesday.

MEA President Chris Galgay said research regarding parental engagement has long shown that when parents are involved in the education of their children, their children succeed.