Common Sense Media, a national group that guides families on entertainment and technology, has started the Common Sense Kids Action effort to mobilize parents to push for public policies that help children, including those related to education. A pilot program with parent organizers is beginning in California with the California Kids Campaign.
By the end of last month, the group planned on hiring 20 parent organizers in California to begin their work on campaigns related to two propositions on the state ballot. One would extend a funding and tax proposition for public schools; another is related to a tobacco-tax increase for health education.
Starting next year, parent organizers are expected to shift their work to legislation, including K-12 education issues. Some of the group’s priorities are teacher shortages, arts education funding, and online data privacy. Later, the organization plans to expand its efforts nationwide.
A version of this article appeared in the August 03, 2016 edition of Education Week as Nonprofit Hiring Parents To Push Kid-Friendly Policies