Want to give more input on NC education? Parent advisory council applications now open :: WRAL.com

– Parents of North Carolina schoolchildren – public and private – can now apply for a seat on the new Parents’ Advisory Board to Head of State Catherine Truit.

The group will report directly to Truit.

Once established, it will be the third advisory group for Truitt. Last year, Truitt formed a 30-member pedagogical council that meets monthly. Another group, consisting of current and recent state executives of the year, also advises Truitt.

School districts often have their own advisory committees of teachers, principals, parents, or other community members. At the state level, only advisory committees of principals and teachers were subordinated to Truitt.

The group will consist of 48 members and meet quarterly. Half of the members will be parents of students in traditional public schools, although students in traditional public schools make up about three-quarters of all state students.

Applications are accepted until March 31. Six representatives will arrive from each of the state’s eight educational regions. Of these six, two must be parents of traditional public school students, one must be the father of a charter school, one must be the parent of a home school, one must be the parent of a private school and one must be the parent of the largest school district in the region. These are not necessarily the eight largest school districts in the state.

There are about 1.8 million schoolchildren in North Carolina. Nearly 1.4 million students attend traditional public schools, nearly 200,000 attend home school, more than 100,000 attend public charter school, and more than 100,000 attend private school. About 500,000 students attend the largest school district in each of the eight regions.

The goal of the group outlined in the application is for parents to share ideas and discuss issues they see in the K-12 education system.

Participants will be able to communicate their ideas to Truit and other elected officials and politicians in North Carolina, the application said.

In a press release, Truit linked parental involvement to student achievement and noted their “integral” role in educating their children.

“This commission is focused on giving parents a place at the table and strengthening the participation of parents and families in education,” Truit said in a release.

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