June 2012 Archives

A Chapin Hall case study says that parents of middle school students, especially in high-poverty areas, can help their children in school—whether the parents can make it to school or not.

The Clarksville Montgomery County (Tennessee) school system enlisted the help of businesses and community groups to boost graduation rates, with very favorable results.

The National PTA and the White House, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education, are seeking PTA volunteers who are "Champions of Change" in their educational communities.

What makes a successful family engagement plan for a school? Two experts share their views, based on decades of research.

The National PTA's Resolution Committee has agreed to vet "healthy homework guidelines" proposed by a "Race to Nowhere" group, and more than 17,000 who signed a Change.org petition on the subject.

Are you proud of your district leaders for bringing fresh, successful ideas to your school community? Would you like to see them get recognition for their innovations? Then please consider nominating your local standout leaders for Education Week's "Leaders to Learn From" special section. We are soliciting nominations from readers for this supplement that will run in February of next year. In this pullout report, we plan to publish profiles of: Superintendents who have forged new routes to higher student achievement; Finance directors who have devised novel strategies to stretch district dollars; Curriculum directors with effective outside-the-box methods for improving ...

Community partnerships and national nonprofits are addressing gaps in summer learning programs caused, in many places, by state and local funding cuts.

A movement of individuals who protest the assigning of "too much homework" is gaining momentum with a petition that will be presented to the National PTA at its convention next week.

Even though it's summer vacation time, some parents are following their school district's Race to the Top funding status—and other issues—to avoid any surprises in the fall.

"More teaching, less testing" is the hue and cry of many parents across New York City and New York State, who are organizing against what they consider excessive use of standardized testing in public education, and the time it takes away from learning.

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) yesterday jointly introduced a proposed amendment about parental rights to the U.S. Constitution.

Parent engagement will be the topic of a one-hour Education Week webinar on Thursday, June 21st at 2 p.m. ET. Registration is required.

When people are distressed about the quality of their local public school, they have several options. One is to work diligently to change the school's prospects and performance. That's apparently what parents and members of the local community have done in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood, where Hawthorne Elementary is one of the state's lowest-performing schools. Seattle Times Education Reporter Brian M. Rosenthal recently wrote about on the school's renaissance. He cites several factors that are propelling the school forward: Parents' time, ideas and money—including $40,000 raised recently in a silent auction; A three-year, $1.5 million federal grant...


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