ERIC Number: ED404713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Study of Employee Leave for School Service. Report of the Department of Education to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia. House Document No. 55.
Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
Research reveals that parental involvement in their children's education improves attendance, increases academic achievement, improves student behavior and study habits, and generates positive attitudes toward schools. The demands of work and family can act as barriers to involvement. Some parents are discouraged by a fear of incompetence and educators' desires to exclude them. Businesses report that parental involvement in schools reduces absenteeism, turnover, and tardiness and increases productivity. House Joint Resolution 230, approved by the 1992 Virginia General Assembly, requested the Department of Education to study the parental leave time to promote parental involvement and service to public schools. Request for Proposal number 92-30 was initiated. This report contains the methods, findings, conclusions and recommendations of the study team. The Department of Education examined the following issues involved in parental leave: its impact on education; models of involvement; business, school, and parental perceptions of motivations for involvement; and school-business partnerships. Business support is associated with higher rates of the use of leave. Many parents and educators agreed with businesses that leave time should not be mandated. To expand parental involvement in schools, Virginia's Department of Education recommended that: (1) educators should accommodate parents' work schedules and establish volunteer programs; (2) parent volunteers should be used to extend school resources; (3) businesses should demonstrate their commitment to education by recognizing the need for employees to have time to participate in local school affairs; (4) leave time should not be mandated; (5) the Virginia Business-Education Partnership program should continue its efforts; and (6) the Office of Volunteerism should provide information on employee leave policies that promote parental involvement. (Contains 28 references.) (TEJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia