What Parents Can Do

What Parents Can Do
February 1, 1998

Good Housekeeping recommends that parents take the following steps when they have concerns about their child’s teacher.

1. Go see for yourself: Get to know your child’s teacher as well as you can.

2. Keep written records: Record all of your observations of the teacher to show to officials later.

3. Talk to the teacher first: Address your concerns with the teacher first, unless the situation is an emergency that requires the principal or the police.

4. Take it to the principal: If there’s no improvement, go to the principal with your written observations and any other tangible evidence.

5. Copy the school board: If there’s still no improvement, write to the principal about your concerns, copying the superintendent and school board members.

6. Don’t worry about retribution: If your child is singled out for unfair treatment, that’s strong evidence against the teacher. Demand an immediate transfer.

7. Last resort: Go public: Speak up at school board meetings, talk to the newspapers, talk to other parents.