Spotlight on Parent Empowerment and Choice

Education Week Spotlight Series

On Parent Empowerment and Choice

The Education Week Spotlight on Parent Empowerment and Choice is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Special education vouchers paving the way for broader school choice initiatives
  • 'Parent trigger' laws allowing parents to restructure struggling schools
  • Rethinking magnet schools to improve school quality
  • Taking a 'hybrid' approach to home schooling, offering private and public options
  • Understanding the impact of state voucher laws

You get the seven articles below in a downloadable PDF. The Spotlight is made possible in part by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, which supports coverage of parent-empowerment issues. More at

Both critics and proponents of school choice say growth in state special education voucher programs could pave the way for broader school choice initiatives.
February 29, 2012 – Education Week

Proponents and critics of the citizen-led efforts split on how profound an impact they're likely to have on public schools.
February 8, 2012 – Education Week

The specially themed schools conceived to spur desegregation are becoming another choice for public school students.
May 1, 2012 – Education Week

Nearly six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, attention is focusing on a handful of charter schools that were specifically created to be racially and socioeconomically diverse alternatives to the regular public schools in their neighborhoods.
June 6, 2012 | Updated: May 11, 2016 – Education Week

'Hybrid' Home Schools Gaining Traction
As home schooling grows in popularity, lines are blurring between private and public schooling.
August 8, 2012 – Education Week

Despite legal challenges and uncertainty, 3,919 students have signed up so far for the state's ambitious voucher program.
January 11, 2012 – Education Week

Districts, however, must approve of the new materials, and parents must pay for them.
January 18, 2012 – Education Week

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