Parent Empowerment

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

Sophomore Miguel D’Agostino, 17, looks down the hallway before the start of a learning-support class at Coatesville High School in Coatesville, Pa.
—Charles Mostoller for Education Week

Group Aims to Boost Advocacy Skills for Parents of Students With Disabilities

In a Pennsylvania town roiled by controversy after a superintendent's resignation, a volunteer group's efforts are targeting rebuilding trust between the community and the school district. (February 9, 2016)

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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

09/30 01:50 pm | U.S. Dept. of Ed. Announces 2016 Grantees for Federal Charter Schools Program | Eight states and 15 charter school networks are named the 2016 grant recipients of the federal Charter Schools Program.

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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In an exclusive interview, the organization’s leader talks about the threats and addresses criticisms that the national group is making alarmist claims.
September 7, 2016 – Education Week
Two new polls gauging American opinion on K-12 schooling, from the journal Education Next and PDK International, help capture public opinion on common-core standards and standardized testing.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
Education policy should not prescribe children's access to institutions at the expense of their personal development, capabilities, or happiness, writes Kimberlee Everson.
April 27, 2016 – Education Week
Art in Action trains parents in 19 states to teach art in schools that have cut the subject from the curriculum.
April 27, 2016 – Education Week
April 20, 2016 – Education Week
Advocates for parent and community engagement see a chance to expand on their impact under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week
In a Pennsylvania town roiled by controversy after a superintendent's resignation, a volunteer group's efforts seek to rebuild trust between the community and school district.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week
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 26, 2015 – Education Week
Twelve years after opting their children out of testing, Fred and Catherine Hamel interview their daughter on her experience.
June 10, 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 10, 2015 – Education Week

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