Parent Empowerment

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

In 2002, Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan stands outside a Chicago high school to announce the names of schools that were selected for planning grants for conversion into smaller schools.
—Brian Jackson/Chicago Sun Times/AP-File

Chicago's Local School Councils 'Experiment' Endures 25 Years of Change

The unique school governance model that gave local parent-majority boards power to hire and fire principals has had some of its authority diluted over the years. (October 7, 2014)

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

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

11/26 09:51 am | Illinois Parent Group Pushes State to Delay Common-Core Testing | Parents are signing a petition asking state education leaders to seek a federal waiver delaying tests developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and ...

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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The unique school governance model that gave local parent-majority boards power to hire and fire principals has had some of its authority diluted over the years.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
Jane Ching Fung offers teachers advice on how to talk to families about what the Common Core State Standards mean for their children.
September 23, 2014 - Teacher
August 26, 2014 - Education Week
Interest in the controversial school choice option known as the parent trigger has declined sharply in state legislatures this year.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
Critics of high-stakes testing believe having parents refuse to let their children take assessments could force policymakers to take note of their cause.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
As the district's director of family engagement, Tracy Hill is working to give parents the knowledge and tools they need to keep their children on the path to academic success.
March 3, 2014 - Education Week
A program in Kentucky recruits and trains parents committed to leading projects in their schools and communities, equipping them with the tools they'll need to help boost student achievement. The Governor's Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership wrapped up the last of its six-day training camps in November, in Louisville. The next step is for the fired-up trainees to take their newly minted skills back to their home schools--and, in the words of one local official, "go viral" with what they've learned.
December 17, 2013 - Education Week
A nonprofit has combined economic principles and technology to help overhaul the school choice and student assignment systems in New York, Boston, Denver, New Orleans, and Washington.
December 3, 2013 - Education Week
See findings from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's "What Parents Want" report, which applied market-research principles to parents' priorities for schools.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week
A charter school created under California's law enabling parents to initiate an overhaul must show progress in a still-wary community.
October 15, 2013 - Education Week

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