(quote) Jerry-74383 said: What happened to "no child left behind"?
The teacher showing the parents how to perform the process online isn't likely to help if the parents don't have a computer or any means of completing an electronic payment.
I don't want to get off topic from Marge's topic, but I want to speak to the topic of having to use computers for school related things.
First, in order for a child to attend school, you have to register them for the school. This happens in school districts starting in the spring (for the next school year). In Huntley, where my kids attend school, they've moved to online registration (only), meaning you cannot fill out the paperwork by hand. Makes sense since there are thousands of kids to get registered.
What about parents who don't own computers? The district offers their computers...where a parent can go to the district main office to use their computers and I am sure any school in the district would allow a parent to use their computer.
Also, our local library has many computers for use for free, as long as one has a library card.
Are there really destitute parents who can't drive to the district office/school? Who can't get to the library? Who don't have a clue on how to use a computer? Maybe, maybe not.
I know the school district would be more than happy to help any parent who needs help (accessing a computer, understanding how to fill out the forms).
Sometimes this path of using technology does hold some parents back from being able to participate, especially if it's a non-English speaking parent. Here in Huntley, if it's financial (in that a family can't own a computer), it seems that Huntley will provide ways for the parent to get done what needs to get done (fill out the registration form).
On the other hand, are there parents out there who say they don't have access a computer (don't have one at home), then scoff at the idea of having to go to the district office/local library to use a computer, yet they own a fancy, data-filled phone, drive a luxury expensive-brand-named vehicle, and have lots of expensive computer games for their kids at home? Yes, that also happens.