How do parents learn to be successful advocates for their students? In Bridgeport, Conn., there's training for that. Thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation, the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition (BCAC) will be teaching parents "Civic Engagement 101," with two goals: to educate the community about teacher evaluations and accountability, and to give parents the skills and strategies to be successful advocates. "Many of us felt that when the discussion starts around teacher evaluation and teacher accountability, it gets off to the wrong start," said Mary Pat Healy, executive director of BCAC, which soon will ...

Welcome to Education Week's blog on parent engagement! My name is Michele Molnar, and I'm excited to be your blogger at K-12 Parents & the Public, which is being relaunched after some time on hiatus. As a veteran journalist, I've covered education on both the local and the national levels. Personally, I'm also a huge fan of public education—it helped me become the first member of my family to get a college degree. I also take great pride in being the mother of two sons who attended public schools, first in San Diego, then in Rockville, Md., where public education...


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