Parent Involvement

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Q&A: An Early Opt-Out Talks About School Without Tests

Twelve years after opting their children out of testing, Fred and Catherine Hamel interview their daughter on her experience. (June 9, 2015)

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Research indicates that students benefit when their parents are engaged in their learning and schools.

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07/29 09:38 am | New Jersey Parents Will Receive Opt-Out Guidance From State Officials | Garden State lawmakers pass a resolution rather than a law to address how students are supervised once they choose to opt out of state testing.

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07/29 07:55 am | Here's Why Charter Schools in Hawaii are Launching Free Preschool | Several charter schools in Hawaii are opening free pre-K programs with the help of a federal grant.

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A broad new law will give parents near-total control over how state education dollars are spent on their children, through education savings accounts.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
The building opt-out movement signals a need for K-12 policymakers to improve family engagement, argue Michael P. Evans and Andrew Saultz.
June 9, 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 9, 2015 - Education Week
As districts adopt formal efforts to integrate parents into the fabric of their schools, advocates welcome a shift away from seeing parent-engagement efforts as just an add-on.
June 2, 2015 - Education Week
A collection of demographic data on both married and unmarried same-sex couples in the United States.
April 29, 2015 - Education Week
As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether to legalize gay marriage nationally, recent research estimates some 210,000 children under 18 are being raised by same-sex couples.
April 29, 2015 - Education Week
A seminal study on the early word gap between the children of high school dropouts and those of college graduates has led to more nuanced findings about language development.
April 21, 2015 - Education Week
Gay couples are making their case to the U.S. Supreme Court over states' refusal to license or recognize such unions, a conflict with an array of implications for schools.
April 21, 2015 - Education Week
The Kent, Wash., district has set up kiosks with Web connectivity across the community, including public-housing complexes, to help students take part in blended learning away from school.
April 13, 2015 - Education Week
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 - Education Week

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