On School Information System, a mother in Madison, Wisconsin begs the school district to communicate via e-mail.
We used to live in Anchorage, AK and while it might be thousand of miles away from the rest of civilization their school district had joined the 21st century via computers. They sent emails to parents and you could do the same. The amazing thing is, they answered the email! They sent concerns, weekly summaries and PTO newsletters on computers. What a concept, save money on xeroxing, increase parent participation and knowledge, and improve communication.
In Madison schools, most teachers don’t use e-mail or even voicemail to communicate with parents, she complains.
When my daughter was in high school, I left several voicemail messages for a teacher, who never called back. When I finally connected, in person, she told me the answering machine was collecting messages but wouldn’t play them back. It took weeks to discover the problem and weeks more to get the machine fixed.