Parent Changemakers: Speaking Up, Taking Action


Parents who start out advocating for their own children can end up having a big impact on an entire school community. Here are some examples of parents who have turned their concerns into action.







A Father Takes on a Charter Network for His Transgender Daughter

When a school’s policies clashed with the needs of the daughter he wanted to enroll, an Arizona dad fought to overturn them.






American Indian Parents Hold Schools to Account on Culture, Curriculum

In Minnesota, the parents of American Indian students work to assure a high level of cultural sensitivity and accuracy in what’s being taught.







Fighting for School Buses in One of the Nation’s Most Dangerous Cities

Concerned for her daughters' safety, an East St. Louis, Ill., mother battled for expanded bus service. State lawmakers listened.






They Wanted Their Kids to Experience the Outdoors at School. So They Started a Charter

A pair of mothers are the driving force behind Watershed Public Charter School in Baltimore County, Md., which has as part of its mission the “exploration of the natural world in and outside the classroom.”







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