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It's time for accountability, collaboration, and improved communication across the district so that Mt. Pleasant schools can: thrive instead of being criticized, retain students and staff instead of losing them, and involve and include parents, viewing them as valuable partners instead of obstacles in the education process. 

Accountability:

It is essential that there is transparency about what is being taught in our schools. Many students are falling behind and it's time to get back to basics and use class time for quality, age-appropriate instruction for our kids, while raising the standard of academic excellence and providing needed support to our teachers and students so our schools can thrive. 

Collaboration:

Students, parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators should all be considered when decisions are being made. The school board should have discussions that address various perspectives and listen to the input and concerns of involved parties before making decisions. When we work together toward a common goal, linking arms instead of facing off, we build bridges with one another and serve as a positive example to our young people and our community. 

Parental Involvement & Partnership:

Schools should involve and include parents, viewing them as valuable partners instead of obstacles in the education process. Their questions should be addressed in a timely manner and their concerns should be listened to with respect and consideration.

Communication with parents/guardians needs to be improved so they are included and well-informed about: what is being taught, any school assemblies, guest instructors, or special programs that are being presented, safety issues that arise, and any other pertinent information that impacts their student(s).

According to Michigan Legislature, Act 451 of 1976, 380.10, regarding the rights of parents and legal guardians; duties of public schools: 

"It is the natural, fundamental right of parents and legal guardians to determine and direct the care, teaching, and education of their children. The public schools of this state serve the needs of the pupils by cooperating with the pupil's parents and legal guardians to develop the pupil's intellectual capabilities and vocational skills in a safe and positive environment."

History: Add. 1995, Act 289, Eff. July 1, 1996
Popular Name: Act 451


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Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-1632
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