July 2013 Archives

The Desert Trails Preparatory Academy, in Adelanto, Calif., welcomed students following a tumultuous process led by parents determined to change the leadership and direction of the.

African-American voters surveyed in four Southern states say the government should provide as many educational choices as possible, a school-choice advocacy group reports.

A new video shows children reacting to the Cheerios commercial featuring a biracial family that prompted some to post racist comments about the advertisement on YouTube.

Mocha Moms, a nonprofit support group for African-American mothers, and the filmmakers behind the award-winning documentary "American Promise" are launching national initiatives to empower more minority parents to take an active role in their children's education.

Opponents of Chicago's decision to close 49 elementary schools will be in federal court this week to argue that the large-scale closings violate the civil rights of students with special needs and African-American students.

Bi-partisan legislation that would encourage the creation of stronger family-school partnerships was introduced in Congress last week. The Family-Engagement in Education Act seeks to help states build the necessary infrastructure to get parents more involved in their local public schools

GreatSchools.org has added free, updated calendar information to their school profiles to help parents stay abreast of their students' increasingly busy school schedules.

The Middletown (Conn.) School District's Parent Leadership Training Institute trains families to take an active role in government and believes that "when the tools of democracy are understood, the public will engage actively in civic life."

An article in the American Enterprise Institute's online magazine examines the origins of the common core, informs parents about the difference between curricula and standards, and shares the political influences at play with the initiative.

More American households are led by single fathers and make up WHO MAKE UP?--MB nearly one quarter of the nation's single parents, according to a Pew Research Center report released this month.

A new state law requires public school boards in Louisiana to create foreign-language immersion programs if they receive a written request from at least 25 parents.

More than 1,000 teachers, researchers, community activists, parents, and students and are expected to attend the Free Minds, Free People conference in Chicago July 11 to 14 to promote education as an instrument to seek social justice.

With the debate over the Common Core State Standards heating up nationally, Parents for Public Schools has issued a paper to inform parents about the education initiative.

A commentary released last week by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, at Brown University, states that pockets of community activists are poised to become powerful change agents in the swiftly changing public education landscape.


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