Parent Empowerment

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

Parents of students at the Dumas Technology Academy Elementary School in Chicago hug Yolanda Harris after she organized a protest outside the school in March over the proposed closing of the facility by the Chicago Board of Education.
—Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Chicago School Closures Galvanize Parent Activists

Many affected by the shutdowns vow to harness momentum from the battle and keep pressure on the school system. (June 4, 2013)

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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

09/16 03:59 pm | Nearly 1 in 5 Columbus Schools Qualify for Overhauls Under Parent-Trigger Law | Three years after Ohio enacted a limited "parent trigger" law, nearly one-fifth of Columbus schools now qualify for major leadership overhauls if parents choose to initiate ...

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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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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
Schools leaders in Adelanto, Calif., look for ways to revive low-performing schools after a bruising charter fight under the state's parent-trigger law.
October 15, 2013 - Education Week
From court cases to lobbying to fundraising, parents are pressuring states and districts to boost services for the gifted, whose needs they say often are overlooked—a particular concern for low-income and minority parents.
October 1, 2013 - Education Week

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