Parent Involvement

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Kimora Gantt, 8, right, does homework while Jason Gantt, 5, gets his head shaved by his father, Bobby Gantt. After struggling with homelessness, the family has found stability in a home they rent through the housing authority in Tacoma, Wash.
—Ian C. Bates for Education Week

K-12, Housing Partner to Aid Homeless Students

A partnership between a Tacoma, Wash., elementary school and the local housing authority shows promise for driving down high rates of student mobility. (December 9, 2014)

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

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03/03 11:29 am | State Supreme Court Upholds Alabama's Private School Choice Program | The Alabama Accountability Act allows individuals and businesses to claim tax credits for donations to scholarships for students to use toward private school tuition.

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03/03 02:05 pm | Voters Want Less Charter School Growth and More Regulation, Survey Finds | The poll results were unveiled in tandem with a new charter school accountability initiative being spearheaded by the Center for Popular Democracy and In the Public Interest.

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The SUN Community School model was discussed during this webinar, with a focus on how it supports students and families.

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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Researchers found that while social media gave parents a bigger voice in the debate, it also led to a "proxy war" over common standards.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Education savings accounts—which allow parents to use public funds to customize schooling for their children—are the newest frontier in school choice.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
Researchers are finding that having a parent in prison can be more traumatic to students than a parent’s death or divorce.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
As public K-12 options multiply in some cities, families are paying for experts to guide them through the selection and enrollment processes.
February 3, 2015 - Education Week
At a recent national conference in Florida, advocates and parents strategized on getting more people involved in the growing practice of "test refusal."
January 27, 2015 - Education Week
A new study also finds that nearly one-third of students who didn't choose one of the district's "welcoming schools" opted for lower-performing schools than the ones they left behind.
January 27, 2015 - Education Week
High-choice cities such as New Orleans and Denver have tried to simplify the school-selection process for families, but challenges remain.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week
A group of local foundations, universities, technologists, and advocates in Pittsburgh has created a blueprint for supporting digital innovation in the early years that the White House and others hope to replicate.
January 13, 2015 - Education Week
A partnership between a Tacoma, Wash., elementary school and the local housing authority shows promise for driving down high rates of student mobility.
December 9, 2014 - Education Week
The nearly 4 million K-12 students who have at least one undocumented parent stand to benefit from the president’s executive action.
December 2, 2014 - Education Week

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