Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News
“We all know how important parental involvement is,” said Edgewood Superintendent Liz Garza, “and our parents already do a lot. We just want to have more involved so that they can understand how important it is to their children.”
About 51 percent of Hispanic parents surveyed help their children with homework every night, while 26 percent help a few nights a week and 12 percent don't offer any help at all.
“The data we have show Hispanic students have a disproportionate dropout rate,” said TSTA spokesman Joe Bean, “which is particularly worrisome because they are the fastest-growing ethnic group in Texas.”
According to TSTA data, over 29,000 Hispanic students in Texas dropped out last school year.
Recently, Mayor Phil Hardberger announced he will join community volunteers to knock on about 1,000 doors of at-risk students in one school district starting Sept. 6 as part of his “Reach Out to Drop Outs” initiative, underlining that he recognizes the importance of getting a high school diploma.
Alicia Aragon, who attended the Edgewood event and regularly volunteers at her son's school, Coronado-Escobar Elementary, understands the importance of her role as a parent is in her son's education.
“As a volunteer, you get to see a lot of things, and it does help with a student's success,” Aragon said. “My son loves for me to be there. He knows that I'm there for him and have an interest in him getting an education and a better life.”