City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) wants BPS to look at providing vouchers to low-income parents so they can get to parent-teacher conferences and open houses they might otherwise miss due to transportation costs.
Providing vouchers for low-income families would empower parents to be more involved in their kids’ education and strengthen students' academic successes, she said at a Council meeting yesterday.
Wu pointed to 2014 statistics showing 78% of BPS families qualified for free or reduced-price lunch. Still, Wu said that providing five vouchers per qualified student would total less than 0.1% the BPS annual budget. BPS already buys CharlieCards for high-school students who live more than a certain distance from their schools.