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At A New School Started By Parents, Uncertainty About How To Include Them

The United Parents of Highbridge lobbied the city to create a middle school in a neighborhood that had not had one since the 1960s. Over the course of nearly a decade, the parents recruited local clergy and elected officials to join a coalition, met with Department of Education officials, and found a space for the school. As the planning process moved into the construction stage, parents continued to advocate for their vision of the school, raising money to outfit the newly constructed building with a green roof where students can garden as part of their classes. The Highbridge Green School opened in September.

Now, midway through the school’s first year, parents and educators are grappling with what parent involvement will look like going forward. How much say should parents have in the school’s daily operations and long-term vision, now that teachers and administrators have been hired to run the show?