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Editorial: APS takes blame off dog

Wondering if the dog ate the homework again?

Now, parents of all students in Albuquerque Public Schools can check up on whether their son or daughter is turning in assignments and where his or her grades stand.

APS has launched a new website called ParentVue where parents of students at all levels can find grades, attendance records, assignments, school calendars and teacher contact information. Students also can log on to StudentVue to see their assignments as they are posted.

Both sites can be found by going to aps.edu and clicking on “ParentVUE/StudentVUE (Synergy).”

The district’s previous iParent website was available only to parents of middle and high school students.

About 18 months ago, the school board approved overhauling the student information system and the website is part of that $1.6 million effort. The new website is expected to cost about $200,000 annually to maintain.

For parents who do not have a computer at home, schools will set aside times they may visit and use ParentVue.

At a time when part of the education reform discussion revolves around how to get parents more involved in their students’ education and schools, this gives a direct and easy way for that to happen. And it addresses the excuse about not knowing whether their student has turned in his or her homework or is playing hooky and hanging out at the mall.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.

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