N.J. Opt-Out Bill Gets Unanimous, Bipartisan Support in One Chamber

New Jersey school districts would be required to provide students who opt out of standardized testing an "educationally appropriate ungraded" activity under proposed legislature.


Study Says Some New Orleans Principals Cherry-Picked Students

Other New Orleans public school principals responded to competitive pressure by improving academic programs or opening new schools.


Parent Advisory Council Members in Conn. Sue Local Superintendent, Board

Some parents claim Bridgeport school district leaders are trying to silence their criticism by removing them from their District Parent Advisory Council posts.


Complex Special Education Language Confounds Parents

A recent study found that special education language has gotten harder to understand, leaving many parents in the dark.


Advocates Seek to Broaden California Parent-Trigger Law's Reach

In most of the seven states that have such a law, parents are reluctant to use it to transform failing schools, but California advocates forge ahead.


Alabama Lawmakers Pass Charter School Bill

The Black Alliance for Educational Options calls Alabama's charter school legislation a "victory" for parents and community members.


Family Engagement in Education Act Reintroduced in Congress

Federal lawmakers reintroduce legislation in Congress that would increase the percentage of Title 1 funds dedicated to family-engagement efforts.


Florida Parent Calls Police to Settle Opt-Out Dispute

Police are called to a Florida school when the principal initially refuses to allow a student to go home while classmates take a standardized test.


State Supreme Court Upholds Alabama's Private School Choice Program

The Alabama Accountability Act allows individuals and businesses to claim tax credits for donations to scholarships for students to use toward private school tuition.


New Report Details State Testing Opt-Out Laws, Policies

Most state laws and policies offer little clarity for parents regarding their opt-out rights, according to a new Education Commission of the States report.


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