The Philadelphia Home and School Council, the citywide umbrella organization for the 163 official Home and School Associations in Philadelphia’s schools, has elected new officers.

In July, Patricia Raymond was installed as President, along with Vice Presidents Wendell Harris, Rose Lentz, Michelle Wells Lockett, and Shelton Lorick, Secretary Deborah Morrison, and Treasurer Kirk Yaghlijan.

Calling this year “a new beginning” for the Home and School Council, Raymond outlined plans to meet a long-time goal of having a Home and School Association formed in every school, to develop a network of parent advocates for special education in schools, and to monitor the impact of the new code of student conduct, especially with regard to “zero tolerance” rules.

Raymond says that the Home and School Council, which is independent from the District, will also serve as a watchdog for the recent reforms and will “make sure that parents know their rights and exercise their rights.”

Contact the Home and School Council at (215) 299-7211.

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