District 150 begins third year of "Parent University"

By Marshanna Hester

September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Some District 150 parents are taking an active role in learning more about their child's education.

It's called "Parent University."

Parents filled the lunchroom at Mark Bills Middle School Thursday night to kick off the first meeting of the year.

A forum allows them to ask questions and provide feedback to Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan.

Afterward, parents can attend three workshops on topics such as advanced placement, mental health and the new national learning standards, called Common Core.

"We just want to make a difference. We want parents to know what's happening in the schools," said Lathan. "You know, they hear a lot sometimes, not by us, but we want them to hear our side of the story. So Parent University is an opportunity for them to hear our side of the story."

"Just get involved in your kids schools and learn as much as you can because it's really going to help your student succeed in school," said Jeri Taylor, District 150 parent. "And if you don't get involved, that's going to be a bad example to your student that you really don't care. The more you care I think the better they're going to do.">

Parent University is held once a month.

The next session will be October 8th at 5:30 p.m. at Northmoor Primary School.

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