Parents in all Title I schools, McAnnulty, Whitehall, and Paynter Elementary Schools, have the right to request and receive timely information on the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals who provide instructional services. This applies to all children in the school, whether or not they receive identifiable Title I services.
Parents’ Right-to-Know Information as Required by The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) [Section 1112(e)(1)(A)] and Every Student Succeeds Act [Section 1112(e)(1)(A)]
Your child attends either McAnnulty, Paynter or Whitehall Elementary School, which receives Federal Title I funds to assist students in meeting state achievement standards. Throughout the school year, we will be providing you with important information about this law and your child’s education. This letter lets you know about your right to request information about the qualifications of the classroom staff working with your child. In the Baldwin-Whitehall School District, we are very proud of our teachers and feel they are ready for the coming school year and are prepared to give your child a high-quality education. As a Title I school, we must meet federal regulations related to teacher qualifications as defined in ESEA. These regulations allow you to learn more about your child’s teachers’ training and credentials. We are happy to provide this information to you. At any time, you may ask:
•Whether the teacher met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject he/she is teaching,
•Whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived, and
What undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.
You may also ask whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional. If your child receives this assistance, we can provide you with information about the paraprofessional’s qualifications.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed into law in December 2015 and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1956 (ESEA) includes additional right-to-know requests. At any time, parents and family members can request:
•Information on policies regarding student participation in assessments and procedures for opting out, and
•Information on required assessments that include
▪subject matter tested,
▪purpose of the test,
▪source of the requirement (if applicable),
▪amount of time it takes students to complete the test, and
▪time and format of disseminating results.
Our staff is committed to helping your child develop the academic knowledge and critical thinking he/she needs to succeed in school and beyond. That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and paraprofessionals meet applicable Pennsylvania state requirements.
If you have any questions about your child’s assignment to a teacher, please contact your child’s principal:
McAnnulty – Mrs. Wessel, 412-714-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Paynter – Mrs. Fusco, 412-885-7535 or email@example.com
Whitehall – Mrs. Marsteller, 412-885-7525 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise L. Sedlacek