Today Superintendent Truitt announced members of her new Parent Advisory Commission. Comprised of 48 North Carolina parents, the commission will begin meeting this fall. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s press release, the group will share aspirations for public education and feedback on policy. In addition, members will provide parent perspectives and recommendations.
“This commission is focused on giving parents a seat at the table and strengthening parent and family involvement in education,” Sup. Truitt said.
Parent membership by region
The commission represents all sectors of K-12 education. For instance, parent members have children who attend traditional public, public charter, home, and private schools. Sup. Truitt selected six parents from each of the eight education regions using the following criteria:
- Two parents with children in traditional public schools
- One parent each with children in public charter, home, and private schools (three parents total)
- One parent from the largest county in each region
Clearly, interest was high: More than 3,000 parents applied to be commission members. Parents will now serve two-year terms, from 2022 to 2024.
Eight public charter school parents will serve
In total, eight parents will represent public charter schools in North Carolina. Their names are:
- Tamara Adams (North Central)
- Beatriz “Betty” Ward (Northeast)
- Jessica Hofstetter (Piedmont-Triad)
- Nazila Alimohammadi (Southwest)
- Jessica Lopez (Southeast)
- Shawn Wright (Western)
- Shanna S. Wall (Northwest)
- Yvette Bell (Sandhills)
Congratulations to these charter parents–and to all of the North Carolina parents who will serve!
Find the full list of commission members on the Parent Advisory Commission website.