The Bridgeport (Conn.) Board of Education last night unanimously passed a new parent engagement policy for the Bridgeport Public Schools that was conceived of, written, and lobbied for by a diverse group of parents.

PTA Champions of Change, honored at the White House today, offer an array of ideas about how to have an impact in public schools.

Parents can join the conversation on Twitter during a Friday, August 10 White House meeting with Parent Teacher Association leaders about challenges facing our nation's schools and communities. To participate, use the hashtag #WHPTA.

Two national organizations recently released studies or commentary on the topic of "parent power," and how it is being harnessed for school reform these days.

A Louisiana law that went into effect on Aug. 1 empowers school districts to take punitive action against parents who fail three times to show up for a teacher-requested parent-teacher conference, either in person or over the phone.

Parental involvement in schools is one predictor for adolescent runaway behavior, according to a study released today by the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS).

"Let's Read Them a Story! The Parent Factor in Education" is a new 82-page resource for parents and teachers recently published by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Programme for International Assessment (PISA). It is available for free download.

Making men feel welcome in public schools can have a powerful impact—as the Nevada PTA has shown, where efforts to increase male involvement in education resulted in higher grades and lower need for discipline. After a concerted effort by Nevada PTA to engage men in the education of their children, grade point averages rose and disciplinary cases decreased by more than 50 percent.

On Sept. 28, the movie "Won't Back Down," a fictional account of frustrated parents seeking to transform a school in Pittsburgh, will open in theaters around the country.

The U.S. Department of Education should enforce the "parent engagement" requirement that is part of the No Child Left Behind Act waiver process for failing schools, according to the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.


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