Increasingly, parents are playing a role in the transformation of schools and school districts. In cities across the country and in many states, parents and parent groups are forming coalitions, lobbying lawmakers, creating new schools, and generally bringing about change in the K-12 education landscape. And yet, many parents remain on the sidelines of their children’s education.
The Commentaries and multimedia below offer different perspectives on the changing nature of parent empowerment and the role that family engagement can play in student achievement. This Commentary special section is supported by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation. Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage.