Working Groups: Education
Involving parents in the process.
The group has focused its efforts on the development of Comunitarios, parent groups which seek to create an effective link between the school administration and the community. There are presently seven Comunitarios functioning in seven school districts and involving more than 200 parents.
The asset-based approach was developed over the past decade with hard work inspired and guided by leaders from theIntercultural Development Research Association. The approach seizes upon the strengths of a community convinced of the value of a quality education, but challenged by an inequitably-funded public school system.
Most recently, the working group created and distributed a survey designed to alert families to the challenges of the new Texas Education Reform Bill (HB5). The 1,600 responses from across the region resulted in a Mesa Comunitaria--a call to action in which public school leadership and community members designed action plans to confront this new way of administering secondary education.