Less than three out of four Davidson County educators believe parents and guardians carry weight at their school, according to a new survey.
This year, 58.4 percent of licensed school-based educators here reported that parents are “influential decision makers” at their school, according to the Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Tennessee Survey released Tuesday.
Educators across the state felt much the same way. According to the statewide survey of more than 61,000 educators, fewer than seven out of 10 agreed that parents and guardians are influential decisions makers.
“The challenge is how do we react to that to make certain that all parents understand how critical it is that they know that education is so much different and so much more important than it was 20 years ago,” said Gov. Bill Haslam after announcing the release of the survey, adding that new Common Core standards will help set benchmarks for parents to understand.
State lawmakers have unsuccessfully flirted with the idea of mandating parental involvement in student’s education. One proposal two years ago would have allowed teachers to send parents home with their own report cards grading their participation in their students’ education career. Another proposal from this year would have taken away welfare benefits from parents who did not intervene when their students failed a grade level.
More than 85 percent of educators both in Davidson County and across the state indicated their school does a good job of encouraging parent involvement. But in Davidson County, a third of educators disagreed that parents support teachers and are contributing to their student’s success. Statewide, 29 percent felt the same way.