Parents need to understand the demographics of their children's school districts, so they understand the potential impact when the aging population grows at the same time the number of school children may be declining.
August 2012 Archives
A new web page for parents and families has been added to the U.S. Department of Education's website. The page is a central repository for information relevant to this educational constituency from across ED.gov.
Most parents are in the dark when their children skip school, according to the skippers themselves-many of whom are clueless about the consequences of taking unauthorized time away from getting an education.
Parents of kindergarteners through 5th graders generally give their parent-teacher relationships an A or B, but share where they have concerns in a national survey.
Posted by guest blogger Sean Cavanagh: A California school board has approved a plan to restructure a school at the center of a closely watched "parent-trigger" dispute, but it's not the plan that a group of parents wanted—and it's not the plan they say a judge ordered put in place. The Adelanto, Calif., school board voted Friday to accept a petition circulated by a group of parents seeking to become the first in the country to use a parent-trigger law to overhaul an academically struggling school. But the panel rejected the parents' preferred option, which was to convert Desert...
Guest post by Ross Brenneman Hollywood's response rate to real events is quickening. Less than two years after the first invocation of a "parent trigger" law in Compton, Calif., comes the first film inspired by that movement. Currently in advance screenings, "Won't Back Down" chronicles the struggle of two Pittsburgh mothers who petition their school board to turn around a seemingly apathetic, ineffective elementary school. What critics expect of a movie produced by the same company behind "Waiting for 'Superman' " is both an attack on teachers' unions and support for real parent-trigger laws. Momentum from this movie would, perhaps, boost ...
An increase in parental involvement at Detroit Public Schools is one of the reasons crime has decreased in those schools, according to Schools Police Chief Roderick Grimes.
Volunteer teams will take to the streets of New Haven, Conn. over the next week to greet kindergarteners and welcome their parents to the public school system in an effort to boost parent engagement and eliminate perceived barriers to navigating the system.
More than a million fathers, grandfathers, uncles and father figures are expected to accompany their children to the first day of school in the U.S. this year, inspired by the vision of 10 men who met in a Chicago church basement eight years ago.
The Bridgeport (Conn.) Board of Education last night unanimously passed a new parent engagement policy for the Bridgeport Public Schools that was conceived of, written, and lobbied for by a diverse group of parents.
PTA Champions of Change, honored at the White House today, offer an array of ideas about how to have an impact in public schools.
Parents can join the conversation on Twitter during a Friday, August 10 White House meeting with Parent Teacher Association leaders about challenges facing our nation's schools and communities. To participate, use the hashtag #WHPTA.
Two national organizations recently released studies or commentary on the topic of "parent power," and how it is being harnessed for school reform these days.
A Louisiana law that went into effect on Aug. 1 empowers school districts to take punitive action against parents who fail three times to show up for a teacher-requested parent-teacher conference, either in person or over the phone.
Parental involvement in schools is one predictor for adolescent runaway behavior, according to a study released today by the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS).