Parent Empowerment

The latest news about efforts to bolster parent influence in school-level education policy.

Parent Olivia Samaripa, right, with her daughter Aria, 2, pulls a wagon carrying petitions calling for the Desert Trails Elementary School school to be converted to a charter school in January, 2012.
—Damian Dovarganes/AP-File

Parent Trigger in Practice: Snapshots From California

California's parent-trigger law has played a role in policy debates in a handful of schools since the law passed in 2010. This interactive describes each school and its experience. (April 7, 2015)

Coverage of parent-empowerment issues is supported by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, at

Spotlight on Parent Empowerment and Choice

This Spotlight looks at new initiatives that have placed parents front-and-center on the national education reform stage, offering them opportunities to directly shape their children's education.

K-12, Parents, and the Public Blog

11/20 10:26 am | Washington High Court Rejects Requests to Reconsider Charter School Ruling | Charter schools are unconstitutional in Washington state, and the state's high court says it will not reconsider its September decision.

On-Demand Webinars

Common Core State Standards: Bringing Parents on Board
Our webinar guests talk about the common challenges that districts face in making the common core understandable to parents, and explain how school systems can address parents' fears and misgivings about the standards.

Engaging Parents in Schools and Student Learning
In this webinar, our guests discussed why parent engagement matters, and offered practices that schools can use to create systems that support family and community engagement.

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Hundreds of applications pour in as state officials figure out how to manage a program that gives parents a major role in how state K-12 money is spent.
August 25, 2015 - Education Week
A broad new law will give parents near-total control over how state education dollars are spent on their children, through education savings accounts.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
Resistance to mandated tests, especially from parents of children with special needs, is reaching a breaking point in many districts, writes Rebecca Page Johnson.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
The opt-out movement has an impact on K-12 accountability, but it's complicated, write researchers Jessica K. Beaver and Lucas Westmaas.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
Twelve years after opting their children out of testing, Fred and Catherine Hamel interview their daughter on her experience.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
Parents have a civil right to opt out of testing when children's K-12 needs go unmet, write Judith Browne Dianis, John H. Jackson, and Pedro Noguera.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
As districts adopt formal efforts to integrate parents into the fabric of their schools, advocates welcome a shift away from seeing parent-engagement efforts as just an add-on.
June 2, 2015 - Education Week
California's parent-trigger law has played a role in policy debates in a handful of schools since the law passed in 2010. This interactive describes each school and its experience.
April 7, 2015 - Education Week
Roughly half of the state's 1.1 million schoolchildren are eligible for vouchers, including students who have never attended public schools.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
At one California school, the threat of parental options under the law allowed them to negotiate a formal agreement with school officials on key issues.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week

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