10/11/10 State Senator Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) last week called on Hoosier parents to make a formal commitment to their children’s academic success and make education a number one priority.

 Indiana’s Department of Education (IDOE) this week launched a new website, www.doe.in.gov/parentpledge, where parents can read and sign an online pledge.

 Charbonneau, a member of the Interim Study Committee on Education, said the purpose of the “Parent Pledge” is to celebrate parents, grandparents and other caretakers who are already contributing to student successes while encouraging others to get involved with children’s academic achievements.

 “A student’s success relies greatly on the important partnership between parents and educators,” Charbonneau said. “This is one way parents can show teachers that learning will not stop at the end of the school day and they are committed to making education a priority at home.”

 Charbonneau said the pledge emphasizes principles like reading every day, completing homework, attending school and cooperating with educators.

 Parents can sign the pledge online at www.doe.in.gov/parentpledge or at one of the more than 80 participating schools.

 Hoosiers who sign the pledge electronically will receive online resources from IDOE, including helpful learning tips and access to academic experts. To find a list of participating schools, visit www.doe.in.gov/news/documents/PledgeSchools.pdf

 Sen. Charbonneau represents Senate District 5, which includes Starke County and portions of Porter, LaPorte, Marshall, Jasper, Pulaski and St. Joseph counties.