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March 29, 2016

National PTA's New Stand on Opt-Outs Could Prove Timely This Testing Season

The group's January update of its position statement on assessments, its first in 35 years, includes its opposition to policies letting parents remove children from standardized testing.

March 25, 2016

Could Virtual Home Visits Help Parents in K-12 Schools?

A new pilot program uses tablets to do virtual home visits with families with children in an early-education program.

March 24, 2016

Chicago Sues Illinois Commission Over Decision to Keep Open Charter Schools

Chicago Public Schools wanted to close three charter schools and is now suing the Illinois State Charter School Commission for overturning that decision.

March 24, 2016

Nebraska Group Vows to Fight Efforts to Start Charter School Law

A group called Nebraska Loves Public Schools aims to oppose efforts to bring charter schools to the state, even as another parent group advocates for a charter school law.

March 23, 2016

How Do Student-Led Conferences Work With Parents? A Teacher Explains

Instead of sitting on the sidelines during parent-teacher conferences, students increasingly are joining their parents in meetings to discuss their academic progress.

March 21, 2016

Parents Would Get Three Paid Days Off For School Activities Under Calif. Bill

California would be the first state to mandate that employers give paid time off so parents can go to school-related activities under state bill.

March 18, 2016

Charter School Expansion, Vouchers May be Limited, Louisiana Governor Says

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is proposing cuts to the expansion of charter schools and vouchers because of a statewide deficit.

March 18, 2016

New Parent-Trigger Bills Fail to Gain Traction in States This Year

Legislators in four states have introduced parent-trigger bills this year, but none of those proposals have moved forward so far.

March 16, 2016

Group Works With Employers to Help Parents Navigate New Orleans Schools

A new nonprofit organization called EdNavigator has started in New Orleans to help parents with challenges in the school system as part of employee benefit packages.

March 15, 2016

L.A. District Rejects Parent-Trigger Petition at Elementary School

Parents at 20th Street Elementary School sought to use the state's parent-trigger law to turn the school into a charter, but their petition was rejected.

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