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Bridges4Kids LogoNew York City Hires Parent Coordinators
Detroit News & The Associated Press, August 30, 2003
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The city's Department of Education has put 1,200 parents and community members on salary, paying them $30,000 to $39,000 a year to help improve communication between teachers and parents.

Parent liaisons can be found in many school districts across the nation, but most of the roles are filled by volunteers and few districts offer pay.

The New York decision to hire and pay a parent coordinator for each city school is part of the department's efforts to reform the nation's largest public school system.

The program is costing the district $43 million, The New York Times reported in its Saturday editions.

"The question of how much increased parental involvement there will be is a variable that is very hard for me as chancellor," the Times quoted Chancellor Joel Klein as saying. "What I can do is create the opportunities. And that's what I think we have done."

The coordinators started work last week ahead of the Tuesday start to the school year. Officials said about 10,000 people applied for the openings. 

   

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