Mississippi Third State to Give Parents of Special Needs Students Scholarships

The parents of 500 Mississippi special needs students will receive $6,500 to pay for their children's education, including therapy, tutors and even private school tuition.


Texas Senate OKs Parent-Trigger Reboot, Tennessee Bill Stalls

While Tennessee's parent-trigger law fizzles, Texas lawmakers moved forward with a bill that could increase the number of schools eligible for sweeping changes, including charters.


N.J. Opt-Out Rates Low for Early Grades, Higher for Secondary Students

The New Jersey Department of Education calculated opt-out rates for state exams for the first time but the figures released this week are preliminary.


N.J. Parents Ask State Board to Develop Opt-Out Rules

The New Jersey State Board of Education will consider parents' request to adopt test-refusal guidelines and protect students who skip state tests from being punished.


Nevada Bill Giving Parents Private School Tuition Help Heads to Governor

Nevada businesses will receive tax-credits for donations they make to support scholarships for students to use to help pay their private school tuition.


Los Angeles Parents Mounting Trigger-Law Petition Drive to Improve School

Parents of students attending a low-performing Los Angeles elementary school hope to use California's parent-trigger law to spur academic and staffing changes.


A Look Back at Parent-School Relationships

Educators have always struggled with cultivating the parent-school partnership even though they believe it is an invaluable tool that helps boost student achievement.


Q&A: Predicting Parent-Trigger Law's Path

Education Week reporters discuss California's controversial so-called parent-trigger law and examine whether the law has made good on its promise to improve struggling schools.

N.J. Opt-Out Bill Gets Unanimous, Bipartisan Support in One Chamber

New Jersey school districts would be required to provide students who opt out of standardized testing an "educationally appropriate ungraded" activity under proposed legislature.


Study Says Some New Orleans Principals Cherry-Picked Students

Other New Orleans public school principals responded to competitive pressure by improving academic programs or opening new schools.


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