Do parents have a say...?

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  1. YoungTeacherGuy

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    I've already had parents tell me they've requested me for next year. A colleague at my site and the school office manager also said they've requested me, too. No pressure, right? :dizzy:

    I've worked at some sites, though, where parents have no input. Other schools, though, value parent input for student placement.

    What's the policy at your site?
     
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  3. czacza

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    We take it into consideration after much more valid reasons for student placement.
     
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    Our school tries to honor parent requests as much as possible.
     
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    Our parents are allowed to write a letter detailing their child's needs and the type of teacher that they believe is best for their child, but they cannot request specific teachers.
     
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    At the junior high and high school level they don't have a choice, there's only one teacher for each course. For example, I'm the only one who teaches English 10.

    I'm not sure what they do at the elementary level.
     
  7. waterfall

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    The "official" answer is that parents don't have a say. However, the "real" answer is that if the parent complains loud enough, they'll get whatever they want.
     
  8. MrsC

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    Parents can make certain requests--for their child to be placed with (or away from) certain peers; for the upper or lower end of a split class; for a certain teaching style. Requests for specific teachers will not be entertained.
     
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    :yeahthat: Especially if they threaten to pull their child. I've come to the conclusion that if they don't want a certain teacher, then don't put that child in that room. They will just cause problems all year long.
     
  10. Tasha

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    It is taken into consideration, but not necesarily honored.
     
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    Oficially, we don't take requests. I listen to what parents have to say and consider it along with many other things.
     
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    My P does if it is in writing by a certain time in the summer. I don't think a reason has to be given.
     
  13. readforxboxguy

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    Generally when a request is made and it is for a valid reason, the school honors the request. If you were requested, it is a compliment. However, I have seen other teachers take offense that a peer had been requested. Usually these types of requests are kept quiet, and you would be smart to keep it between you and your administrator.
     
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    My prinicipal does not entertain requests as she feels we are all equally qualified.
     
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    My principal will honor parent requests. My grade level recently had their PTA performance. Parents had to come to the gym and pick up their child after it was over. I had a parent come up and ask me how can she get her child in my class next year. She already has a daughter in my coworkers class. My response was to start with the front office to get any questions answered and help she needed. I have no plans on saying anything to my coworker. We'll see if the child will be in my class next year or not.
     
  16. YoungTeacherGuy

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    Obviously, my 2nd grade peers know which kids in my class are co-workers' kids, but it's something that I don't ever mention or brag about.
     
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    Parents can't request a certain teacher, but they can make a request for a certain teaching style/personality. They have to have a reason, and it may/may not be granted. However, there are bunches of parents that get what they want :rolleyes:
     
  18. DrivingPigeon

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    Same with my school.

    However, many parents that fill out the form do request a specific teacher, and their request is almost always honored. Last year we had about 120 second-graders to divide up into three 3rd-grade classes, and there were maybe 3 requests. So, not too many parents fill the form out.
     
  19. monsieurteacher

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    120 second-graders to go into three 3rd grade classes???? Did I misunderstand something here, or does that mean there were 40 third graders in each class?
     

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