March 2012 Archives

Parents wanting to protest the conditions at all-male Frederick Douglass Academy in Detroit organized a student walkout this week, according to the Detroit Free Press.

State Rep. Joe Harrison, in Louisiana, has decided it's time to get out the red pencil and begin grading parents, so he introduced a bill that would set up such a system.

Parents can still influence their middle school and high school students on reaching educational goals and extracurricular activities.

Parents or guardians who want to know the chances of their child getting into one of Chicago's elite public high schools now have a web app to help do that.

Maryland legislators are considering a bill that would require business owners to give parents unpaid leave to attend parent-teacher meetings.

Minority principals and other "cultural brokers" play a key role in boosting parent engagement among immigrants families, both in places with established immigrant communities and in cities where immigrant populations are newer, a study finds.

When budgets fall short in public education, parents and foundations are increasingly stepping in to cover the gap—but should they?

The goal of a new government publication is to help schools enlist parents in promoting and sustaining health in their children.

Although teacher satisfaction has dropped to its lowest point in more than two decades, parent engagement is climbing to new heights, a nationwide survey reports.

Parent engagement, like so many areas of education, could benefit from more money—and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke about that this week before some highly engaged parents attending the National PTA Legislative Conference in Arlington, VA. "One area where I think we've desperately under invested, and where we're part of the problem, is around parent engagement," Duncan told a gathering of PTA representatives on March 7 before they dispersed to lobby for their agenda on Capitol Hill. "I don't think we've put enough resources there." Duncan said the U.S. Department of Education has asked Congress...

As parents from across the U.S. meet today to talk about legislative change, their two-day conference in Arlington, VA will be kicked off by a keynote from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. For what it calls "'grasstop" leaders, the PTA will provide an in-depth look at the latest National PTA Public Policy Agenda through a series of workshops, skill-building training sessions, panel discussions, and guest speakers. Parent leaders will then visit with those on Capitol Hill to advocate for effective family engagement in education, and equity and opportunity in education for all children. Advocacy awards are presented ...

How do parents learn to be successful advocates for their students? In Bridgeport, Conn., there's training for that. Thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation, the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition (BCAC) will be teaching parents "Civic Engagement 101," with two goals: to educate the community about teacher evaluations and accountability, and to give parents the skills and strategies to be successful advocates. "Many of us felt that when the discussion starts around teacher evaluation and teacher accountability, it gets off to the wrong start," said Mary Pat Healy, executive director of BCAC, which soon will ...

Welcome to Education Week's blog on parent engagement! My name is Michele Molnar, and I'm excited to be your blogger at K-12 Parents & the Public, which is being relaunched after some time on hiatus. As a veteran journalist, I've covered education on both the local and the national levels. Personally, I'm also a huge fan of public education—it helped me become the first member of my family to get a college degree. I also take great pride in being the mother of two sons who attended public schools, first in San Diego, then in Rockville, Md., where public education...


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