Parent Empowerment

The latest news about efforts to bolster parent influence in school-level education policy.

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How Parents Widen—or Shrink—Academic Gaps

Middle-class parents are more adept than low-income families at navigating the social networks that link their children to school opportunities. (April 18, 2017)

Coverage of parent-empowerment issues is supported by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, at www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org.

Spotlight on Parent Empowerment and Choice

This Spotlight looks at new initiatives that have placed parents front-and-center on the national education reform stage, offering them opportunities to directly shape their children's education.

K-12, Parents, and the Public Blog

12/06 04:50 pm | Parent Media Use, Attitudes Probed By New Study | Common Sense Media released a new study which measured the limits parents put on their children's media use, and how much time they spend with media themselves.

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Common Core State Standards: Bringing Parents on Board
Our webinar guests talk about the common challenges that districts face in making the common core understandable to parents, and explain how school systems can address parents' fears and misgivings about the standards.

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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Parents don’t always know how to advocate for their child’s education. One organization is changing that. EdNavigator's Whitney Henderson, the child of a single mom, explains.
January 10, 2018 – Education Week
States don't do enough to inform parents about the rights they lose when they enroll children in private schools using vouchers, the GAO finds.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
A long-running California program teaches parents how to advocate for their children and navigate a sometimes-unfamiliar school system.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
A new study finds that parents are more likely to research and compare schools online when they face an impending move or a new school-choice option.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
A nonprofit works with employers to provide lower-income parents with advice and support for their children's education.
October 18, 2017 – Education Week
School choice policies can create a 'tremendous burden' for families, especially those families with the fewest resources, warns Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Parents Need to Feel Empowered
April 19, 2017 – Education Week
Middle-class parents are more adept than low-income families at navigating the social networks that link their children to school opportunities.
April 19, 2017 – Education Week
School districts face new demands under federal law to show they're engaging parents in students' education, and many ed-tech companies are trying to address that need.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
In an exclusive interview, the organization’s leader talks about the threats and addresses criticisms that the national group is making alarmist claims.
September 7, 2016 – Education Week

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