June 2013 Archives

Otha Thornton, the newly installed president of the National PTA, said that the organization's membership must become more diverse as it advocates on behalf of the nation's children.

The National PTA recognized state and local chapters for their efforts to strengthen family-school partnerships.

Parents are planning this summer for a Global #ParentCamp to be held Nov. 2 in local communities, sharing globally using technology.

Otha Thornton was installed today as National PTA President. It is the first time an African-American man has been selected to lead the organization.

Parents can learn about educating their children this summer by reading from the summer book list we compiled with the help of several organizations.

The National PTA is joining forces with the NFL to promote health and fitness in school children this fall with "Back to Sports Nights," it was announced today as part of the parent-teacher organization's annual convention.

A mom, a group of dedicated volunteers, and Parents for Public Schools' training help struggling middle school students achieve in Mississippi.

Parents' opinions about their children's schools tend to be favorable, which makes parents less reliable than teachers in assessing school quality, according to New York City researchers.

The National PTA supports several family engagement provisions in legislation the U.S. Senate may consider soon to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), according to National PTA President Betsy Landers.

Parents looking for ways to keep their children's minds sharp this summer can access libraries, museums, and even sample questions and activities compliments of the "Nation's Report Card."

As news of Texas' parents victory against excessive standardized testing spreads, the calls have been coming in from parents who live in other states, wondering how to organize, says Dineen Majcher, an attorney and mother who was a leader of the resistance.

In states where parents can exercise choice about which schools their children attend, more effort should be made to help those parents understand the data collected about schools, and to ensure the information is what they need to reliably compare schools, according to a new report.

Parents and community members concerned about graduation rates in their state, and how their state compares to others, can access that information via "Diplomas Count 2013," a newly released Education Week special report.

The response to recent school closings illustrates some of the ways parents are asserting themselves, as highlighted in this Education Week Storify.

Parent and community input, and the historical perspective of a community, represent overlooked data sets in decisions about school closings, according to Muhammad Khalifa, an assistant professor of educational administration at Michigan State University in East Lansing.


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