Parental involvement always has been a centerpiece of Title I. However, now it has a specific statutory definition. The statute defines parental involvement as the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring—
· that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
· that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
· that parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child; and
· that other activities are carried out, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.
The definition of parental involvement sets the parameters, in conjunction with other sections of the law by which the State, Districts, and Schools will implement programs, activities, and procedures to involve parents in Title I, Part A programs.
The term “parent” includes in addition to a natural parent, a legal guardian or other person standing in loco parentis (such as a grandparent or stepparent with whom the child lives, or a person who is legally responsible for the child’s welfare.)