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.

Students will be able to confidentially report and discuss bullying and other troubling incidents by text message with TipTxt, a new tipline offered by Blackboard, Inc., that is being promoted in conjunction with the National PTA.

Students in Louisiana's voucher program performed worse on state tests than public school students statewide, and seven private schools will no longer be able to accept voucher students because of low scores.

Chicago parent organizers who lost their plea to keep 49 public elementary schools open say they will continue pressing their concerns even as they prepare for the transition.

A new toolkit to engage parents in improving students' attendance in schools was released on May 20 by Attendance Works, a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance.

The National Center for Family Literacy and the U.S. Department of Education have announced a partnership to advance family engagement in education across the country.

Collaboration trumps competition in school improvement, according to a commentary by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.

For the third time since California's "parent trigger" law passed, parents have filed a petition for the transformation of a California elementary school. This time, parents are demanding removal of the school's administrators.

A new poll commissioned by a foundation that supports school choice finds that 66 percent of mothers with school-age children support educational vouchers, and 69 percent support tax-credit scholarships to choose their children's schools.


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