How well a child performs in school often depends on whether their parents are involved in their education. Research demonstrates that parent involvement in a child’s education leads to higher grades and test scores for the child, more challenging classes for the child, improved school attendance, increased chance of graduation, and increased chance the child will seek post-secondary education. Federal policies require school districts to involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way. However, in Washington, parents with criminal convictions often face significant barriers to volunteering in their children’s schools.
WDA supports the removal of barriers to parental volunteering in schools as well as policies that affirm human dignity and respect for the all parents and families. If state legislators mandate a uniform standard or policy for all school districts to increase the involvement of parental volunteers with criminal convictions, such a mandate should take into account the special role and value of parents to their child’s educational success.
Below is the preliminary publication that describes this policy challenge and makes recommendations:
This report focuses on certain highlighted barriers keeping parents with criminal convictions from volunteering in their children’s schools.