March 2016 Archives

The group's January update of its position statement on assessments, its first in 35 years, includes its opposition to policies letting parents remove children from standardized testing.

Low-income children would qualify for a scaled-back expansion of Arizona's education savings account program under a bill before the state legislature.

Advocates hope new language in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act will give more say to families and community members in decision making about schools.

A new pilot program uses tablets to do virtual home visits with families with children in an early-education program.

Chicago Public Schools wanted to close three charter schools and is now suing the Illinois State Charter School Commission for overturning that decision.

A group called Nebraska Loves Public Schools aims to oppose efforts to bring charter schools to the state, even as another parent group advocates for a charter school law.

Instead of sitting on the sidelines during parent-teacher conferences, students increasingly are joining their parents in meetings to discuss their academic progress.

California would be the first state to mandate that employers give paid time off so parents can go to school-related activities under state bill.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is proposing cuts to the expansion of charter schools and vouchers because of a statewide deficit.

Legislators in four states have introduced parent-trigger bills this year, but none of those proposals have moved forward so far.

A new nonprofit organization called EdNavigator has started in New Orleans to help parents with challenges in the school system as part of employee benefit packages.

Parents at 20th Street Elementary School sought to use the state's parent-trigger law to turn the school into a charter, but their petition was rejected.

Governor Jay Inslee must decide whether to sign a charter school bill after the Washington Supreme Court ruled that the previous law was unconstitutional.

The San Bernardino County school board will now oversee Desert Trails Preparatory Academy after the Adelanto school district failed to renew the school's charter.

Nebraska is one of eight states without charter school laws, but an Omaha parent group wants to change that.

The National PTA Legislative Conference next week will focus on changes to the main federal K-12 law related to family engagement.

After parents complained about the planned release of private student information, a federal judge backtracked on an order to give all of the data to attorneys in a special-education lawsuit.

A pair of recent studies look at the state's challenges in reaching out to parents as it rolls out its Local Control Funding Formula.

Two school choice consultants give advice to parents about how to choose a school.


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