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 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

07/19 08:10 pm | Study Says District of Columbia Parents Picked Schools Based on Race, Distance | Researchers analyzed 22,000 applications in the District of Columbia school system to determine parents' motivations in making decisions about schools.

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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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
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 10, 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 10, 2015 – Education Week

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