This story originally appeared in The New York Times.
At Public School 298 in Brooklyn, where the principal invites parents to visit classrooms once a month, typically fewer than 10 percent of them will.
The New Millennium Business Academy Middle School in the Bronx spent much of the summer trying to track down the families of incoming sixth graders to invite them to an orientation. Just over half of the families turned up, which the principal considered a victory.
At DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, attendance at parent association meetings was so paltry that the school began raffling off Thanksgiving turkeys and supermarket gift cards to entice people to come...