An East San Jose K-8 district is talking about requiring parents to volunteer 30 hours a year in the classroom, reports the San Jose Mercury News.
In Alum Rock, where 88 percent of the students are poor and 54 percent are language-learners, most of its 28 schools don’t even have a PTA. But even as some critics warn working parents don’t have extra time, trustee Gustavo Gonzalez is pushing volunteerism, citing studies showing that students do better when their parents are involved.
Many Alum Rock parents are immigrants from Mexico, Central America, Vietnam and dozens of other countries. They don’t have the education or the English skills to be classroom tutors, if they had the time, which they don’t. They can be involved with their children at home.
This is a trial balloon that will deflate quickly. It’s got to be illegal to require parent work time at all public schools as a condition of enrollment.