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September 05, 2013

Critic Says Parent Donations Widen School Funding Gap

With private education foundations raising big money for local schools, Rob Reich, an associate professor of political science at Stanford, criticizes the phenomenon in a The New York Times opinion piece.

September 04, 2013

Report Links Parent Power to States' School Choice Laws

States with charter schools, parent trigger laws, and school vouchers get high marks on the Center for Education Reform's (CER) latest Parent Power Index released today.

August 20, 2013

School Choice Program in Alabama Challenged in Federal Lawsuit

cross-posted from State EdWatch By Andrew Ujifusa Alabama generated major headlines in the education policy community by passing, in rapid and controversial fashion, a new tax-credit scholarship program earlier this year that targets students at low-performing schools. But the Southern Poverty Law...

August 06, 2013

School-Choice Legislation Finds Favor in States This Year

cross-posted from the State EdWatch blog by Andrew Ujifusa From creating new tax-credit scholarship programs to expanding existing school voucher programs, an increasing number of states have been active on school-choice issues this year, writes Elaine Povich in a good write-up for Stateline. Usin...

July 17, 2013

Family Engagement in Education Act Introduced in Congress

Bi-partisan legislation that would encourage the creation of stronger family-school partnerships was introduced in Congress last week. The Family-Engagement in Education Act seeks to help states build the necessary infrastructure to get parents more involved in their local public schools

July 11, 2013

Louisiana Law Allows Parents To Petition For Foreign Languages

A new state law requires public school boards in Louisiana to create foreign-language immersion programs if they receive a written request from at least 25 parents.

June 14, 2013

PTA Commends Family-Engagement Provisions in ESEA Bill

The National PTA supports several family engagement provisions in legislation the U.S. Senate may consider soon to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), according to National PTA President Betsy Landers.

June 12, 2013

Texas Parents Succeed With 'Too Many Tests' Law

As news of Texas' parents victory against excessive standardized testing spreads, the calls have been coming in from parents who live in other states, wondering how to organize, says Dineen Majcher, an attorney and mother who was a leader of the resistance.

May 14, 2013

Third California 'Parent Trigger' Petition Submitted

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.

May 01, 2013

Colorado Considers 'Parent Engagement Director'

A Colorado bill to establish a state position to coordinate government-mandated parent engagement requirements makes headway in the legislature.

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