How to Take Action Against Bad Teachers

Published October 1, 1997

1. Act immediately

As soon as you detect a problem, act immediately. Don’t wait until midway way through the semester.

2. Put it in writing

First speak to you child’s teacher about your specific concerns. If you don’t see an immediate improvement, put your complaints and concerns in writing and go to the principal with examples of your child’s work that support your allegations.

3. Ask other parents to join you

There’s power in numbers. A principal can’t brush off a dozen parents as easily as one.

4. Be alert for retribution

Retribution is rare, but if it does happen, be sure to document it.

5. Insist on a transfer

If you don’t see an immediate improvement, insist on a transfer to another class. Your child needs a better teacher right away.

6. Go to the next level

If you can’t get satisfaction at the school level, send a packet of your documentation to the superintendent and to school board members.

“In short, be a screeching wheel. If you don’t advocate for your child, no one else will either.”