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)

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

04/16 12:02 pm | Tennessee School Voucher Bill Fails to Garner Support From Lawmakers | Tennessee parents whose children attend failing schools won't get vouchers to send them to private school after the governor-penned bill can't muster enough political support.

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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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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
Mercy College's education school in New York City has opened a parent center to train adults to become advocates and active partners in their children's schooling.
September 17, 2013 - Education Week
Parents nationwide are growing more sophisticated and influential in pushing bond and tax measures needed to fill budget holes and better the quality of schools.
July 30, 2013 - Education Week

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