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Montana Survey REports Bars to Parent Involvement

Some 500 Montana parents said in a recent survey that lack of information, busy schedules, and distrust of teachers discourage them from getting involved in schools.

Most of the 500 teachers and administrators responding to the Montana State University survey, however, want more parent involvement and said that parent apathy is a barrier to involvement.

The survey recommended that schools create "visitor friendly" atmospheres, communicate regularly with parents, and find new ways to involve them.

Rating Teachers

Students in Hawaii may soon have the opportunity to tell their teachers just what they think of them.

The statewide school board's committee on discipline and school safety is recommending that public school teachers be evaluated by their students, who know best what kind of teaching works. A report from that committee said even disruptive students prefer strict teachers who set rules and enforce them.

Although the board approved the report recommendations earlier this month, the district has not yet implemented them, a district spokesman said.

The Hawaii State Student Council started a pilot program in 1993 in which teachers received critiques from their students. The Hawaii State Teachers Association said it approved of that program and would support an expansion of it within reason.

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