PHBAO is an acronym for Predominantly Hispanic, Black, Asian, or other Non-Anglo. A school is categorized as PHBAO based on its resident student population. The resident student population is calculated by excluding all traveling, permit, open enrollment, and special education students from the norm day enrollment count. Schools with a PHBAO resident only population greater than 70% are categorized as PHBAO schools.
In PHBAO schools the following programs apply:
The reduced average class size has been a part of the Integration program since 1978. The average class-size norm is based on the school program category. Currently, schools in the Desegregated/Receiver, PHBAO and Magnet program (Group I and Group II categories) receive lowered norms supported by integration monies. The lowered class-size averages are applicable to all classes at Magnets, grades 1-6 at elementary schools and academic classes in grades 6-10 at secondary schools.
PHBAO Parent Conferences Program
PHBAO schools are required to provide two conferences between parents and teachers during the school year. The conferences allow parents to monitor the academic and social development of students and to involve parents in the educational processes. Individual parent conferences are conducted on school sites and written records of parent participation are kept by schools.
The scheduling of PHBAO conferences differs by grade levels for the 2017-18 school year (see MEM-5127.7 May, 2017):
• The first conference should be scheduled during the week of November 6 - 9, 2017.
• The second conference should be scheduled during the week of February 26 - March 2, 2018.
• The first conference should be scheduled after the first five (5) weeks of class and prior to the 15-week progress report during the first semester.
• The second conference should be scheduled prior to the 15-week progress report during the second semester.