Dear old golden rule days … you know that one. Parents excited about getting the kids back to school can help make the experience a success for everyone.
“I always encourage parents to aptrcipate in school events, to have a relationship with their child's teachers,” says Cinda Klickna, president of the Illinois Education Association. “There's a great app you can download to see the Common Core standards. I think when people look at them, they realize that they are fine” when it comes to helping with homework.
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Klickna says, over a 40-plus year career in the classroom and at the union headquarters, kids largely have not changed. But some things have. “I grew up here. I went to Springfield High School,” she says. “We did not have poverty in this city like we have today. We have 65 percent poverty among our district schools.”