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124D.895 PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMS.
    Subdivision 1. Program goals. The department, in consultation with the state curriculum
advisory committee, must develop guidelines and model plans for parental involvement programs
that will:
(1) engage the interests and talents of parents or guardians in recognizing and meeting the
emotional, intellectual, and physical needs of their school-age children;
(2) promote healthy self-concepts among parents or guardians and other family members;
(3) offer parents or guardians a chance to share and learn about educational skills, techniques,
and ideas;
(4) provide creative learning experiences for parents or guardians and their school-age
children, including involvement from parents or guardians of color;
(5) encourage parents to actively participate in their district's curriculum advisory committee
under section 120B.11 in order to assist the school board in improving children's education
programs; and
(6) encourage parents to help in promoting school desegregation/integration.
    Subd. 2. Plan contents. Model plans for a parental involvement program must include at
least the following:
(1) program goals;
(2) means for achieving program goals;
(3) methods for informing parents or guardians, in a timely way, about the program;
(4) strategies for ensuring the full participation of parents or guardians, including those
parents or guardians who lack literacy skills or whose native language is not English, including
involvement from parents or guardians of color;
(5) procedures for coordinating the program with kindergarten through grade 12 curriculum,
with parental involvement programs currently available in the community, with the process under
sections 120B.10 to 120B.11, and with other education facilities located in the community;
(6) strategies for training teachers and other school staff to work effectively with parents
and guardians;
(7) procedures for parents or guardians and educators to evaluate and report progress toward
program goals; and
(8) a mechanism for convening a local community advisory committee composed primarily
of parents or guardians to advise a district on implementing a parental involvement program.
    Subd. 3. Plan activities. Activities contained in the model plans must include:
(1) educational opportunities for families that enhance children's learning development;
(2) educational programs for parents or guardians on families' educational responsibilities
and resources;
(3) the hiring, training, and use of parental involvement liaison workers to coordinate family
involvement activities and to foster communication among families, educators, and students;
(4) curriculum materials and assistance in implementing home and community-based
learning activities that reinforce and extend classroom instruction and student motivation;
(5) technical assistance, including training to design and carry out family involvement
programs;
(6) parent resource centers;
(7) parent training programs and reasonable and necessary expenditures associated with
parents' attendance at training sessions;
(8) reports to parents on children's progress;
(9) use of parents as classroom volunteers, or as volunteers in before and after school
programs for school-age children, tutors, and aides;
(10) soliciting parents' suggestions in planning, developing, and implementing school
programs;
(11) educational programs and opportunities for parents or guardians that are multicultural,
gender fair, and disability sensitive;
(12) involvement in a district's curriculum advisory committee or a school building team
under section 120B.11; and
(13) opportunities for parent involvement in developing, implementing, or evaluating school
and district desegregation/integration plans.
History: 1990 c 562 art 8 s 34; 1991 c 130 s 37; 1992 c 499 art 8 s 7; 1994 c 647 art 4 s
32,33; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 16 s 13; 1998 c 397 art 6 s 119,124; 2000 c 254 s 34