New initiative to get Montgomery parents more involved with schools

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – Educational consultant William Jenkins came to Lanier High School to tell parents that getting more involved in their child's education can make a major difference in their performance.

"Montgomery, like many other cities, is experiencing high dropout rates among some students, low graduation rates," Jenkins said.  "We think that could be helped immensely if parents were more involved in the education of their children."

Presentations like this one are part of an initiative by the Montgomery Public Schools to show parents that responsibility for their child's education does not stop at the school doors.

Ella Mae Smith was among those parents who attended the presentation.

"I think some parents feel they way I do, you got some parents who don't get it, you know what I'm saying, because they need to get it," Smith said.

Although only a few parents attended this event, some, like Pamelia King-Patrick plan, to take the message to other parents in the community.

"If you want to know what's going on in your school system and with your children, you need to come and visit the schools," King-Smith said.

Jenkins also spoke to Montgomery teachers, delivering a similar message, working with parents to help create a push for better student performance.  Jenkins will make a similar presentation at Lee High School on Tuesday.

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