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Education conference aims to unite parents in Rochester



Rochester, New York – On Saturday a leadership conference was held at East High School with the goal of parent power in education.

Greater Rochester Parent Leadership Training Institute and the National Parents Union hosted the inaugural ROC Parents United conference. Parents of students from public, private and charter schools, along with those in Urban-Suburban and homeschool programs, were invited to come together to discuss what they want to see in their child’s education.

According to organizers, the event will help parents to organize and influence policy reform, in order to create educational equity in the city.

Schools need to respect the humanity of students, Deborah Hanmer, director of the Parent Leadership Training Institute said.

“Parents need to know they are not alone,” Hanmer said. “The power that we need to see change is in our communities.”