Parent Empowerment

The latest news about efforts to bolster parent influence in school-level education policy. Coverage of parent-empowerment issues is supported by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, at www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org.

Quinata Vaughn, a New Orleans hotel worker, and daughter, Quindra, do homework in their home. Vaughn got advice on supporting Quindra’s schooling through EdNavigator, whose advisers meet with parents at their workplaces.
—Edmund D. Fountain for Education Week-File

New Money and Energy to Help Schools Connect With Families

New forces are building around the need for schools and educators to forge deeper connections with families to support student learning. (September 25, 2018)

Leader To Learn From

Trise Moore: Recognized for Leadership in Family Engagement
As the head of family engagement in Washington state’s Federal Way Public Schools, Trise Moore helps parents navigate a large bureaucracy and puts them at the center of the district’s decisionmaking. She is recognized as a 2017 Leader To Learn From.

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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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