Provide Tax Credit for Parents Who Are Engaged in Their Children's Education

Provide Tax Credit for Parents Who Are Engaged in Their Children's Education

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Parental engagement in education directly affects the academic performance of their children. Although many attempts were made by the federal government and other organizations to increase parental participation in school, it is difficult for parents to find a balance between school activities and their work schedule. According to our research done in NYC, 78% of parents believe parental engagement in education directly affects the academic performance of their children, but more than a third (66%) of parents either never or rarely attend school activities. Therefore, there should be an immediate solution to gain higher parental involvement in school.

The fact that parents recognized the important of school events but not attending school events is driven by multiple factors, especially the conflict of parents’ working schedule. More than 67% of parent respondents demonstrated their interest in attending school events if they are allowed to be excused from work while receiving normal pay. As a result, we recommend an implementation in tax policy awards parents for attending school activities. we suggest having a specific tax credit designed for parents who are highly engaged in their child’s education. This new policy will stimulate parents’ motivation in attending student’s school events. If tax credits are available, more parents will attend school events; therefore, their child will gain more academic support at home. While this may require funding from the government, the impact is significant. As Hanushek, Ruhose, and Woessmann (2015) indicated in their research paper, U.S. Gross Domestic Product will “increase $32 trillion for bringing just the lowest performing students up to a basic level [and] $76 trillion from bringing all states up to the best performing state” (p. 25). As children become more educated as a result of parental engagement, the government will be benefited. Therefore, it is worth the investment on tax credit as it will benefit the economy in the long run.

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