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Family Involvement in Children's Education - October 1997

Appendix B: Rodney B. Cox Elementary School

Program/School, LEA, City, State

Program Description

Student Characteristics

Parent Involvement Activities/Strategies

Grades Served;


% Poverty1 and Title I Status

Rodney B. Cox Elementary School

Pasco County Public Schools

Dade City, FL


  • Monthly parent workshops conducted by school staff focus on parenting skills and parents' ability to help with schoolwork and homework.

  • As a full-service school, Cox offers dental care, counseling, and health care to students and their families.

  • A parent involvement teacher, two migrant home-school coordinators, and one minority recruiter conduct home visits that include training in parenting skills.

  • Parents receive transportation to meetings and other school activities.

  • Local adult education program offers classes twice a week at the school.

  • School "open door" policy ensures that teachers can meet with parents whenever they come to the school.

    Funding Sources2:

    Title I, $200,000 PECO grant with matching funds from district, Florida First Start grant, federal migrant education funds, state and federal Head Start funding, Exceptional Student Education funding, support/donations from several businesses and organizations

    Evidence of Success:

  • During 1995–96, 74 parents registered as volunteers; 10–20 parents volunteer at the school each day.

  • Up to 200 parents participate in workshops each month.

  • Parents tell the principal they are now more comfortable at the school.

  • Test scores have increased over the past two years. For example, in 1994–95, 31 percent of students scored above the 50th percentile in math and 14 percent in reading. In 1995–96, 61 percent of the students scored above the 50th percentile in math and 34 percent in reading.

  • pre-K–5


    44% Hispanic

    40% African American

    16% white

    93% FRL

    Schoolwide Program

    1 All schools and districts included in this Idea Book receive Title I funding. This column indicates whether a school has implemented a schoolwide program.

    2 Administrators in many schools cannot separate the costs of parent involvement efforts from other reforms and activities. This is especially true in schools that have implemented schoolwide programs (as have most schools in this appendix). However, administrators reported that, in addition to their school or district general operating budget, the funding sources listed here provide a major source of support for their parent involvement efforts.

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