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August 22, 2013

Parents Will Spend Almost $250,000 To Raise A Child Born In 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports on the costs facing a middle class family to provide food, shelter, and other necessities for a child born in 2012 over the next 17 years..

July 19, 2013

Parents of Black Children Urged to Become Education Advocates

Mocha Moms, a nonprofit support group for African-American mothers, and the filmmakers behind the award-winning documentary "American Promise" are launching national initiatives to empower more minority parents to take an active role in their children's education.

July 17, 2013

Lawsuits Seeking to Halt Chicago Schools Closures Go to Court

Opponents of Chicago's decision to close 49 elementary schools will be in federal court this week to argue that the large-scale closings violate the civil rights of students with special needs and African-American students.

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 16, 2013

GreatSchools Website Adds Online School Calendar

GreatSchools.org has added free, updated calendar information to their school profiles to help parents stay abreast of their students' increasingly busy school schedules.

July 16, 2013

Parents in Connecticut Trained To Be Politically Active

The Middletown (Conn.) School District's Parent Leadership Training Institute trains families to take an active role in government and believes that "when the tools of democracy are understood, the public will engage actively in civic life."

July 16, 2013

AEI Offers Parents Common Core Guidance

An article in the American Enterprise Institute's online magazine examines the origins of the common core, informs parents about the difference between curricula and standards, and shares the political influences at play with the initiative.

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.

July 08, 2013

Conference Aims To Promote Education As A Tool for Justice

More than 1,000 teachers, researchers, community activists, parents, and students and are expected to attend the Free Minds, Free People conference in Chicago July 11 to 14 to promote education as an instrument to seek social justice.

July 03, 2013

Common Core State Standards: A Parent Primer

With the debate over the Common Core State Standards heating up nationally, Parents for Public Schools has issued a paper to inform parents about the education initiative.

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