Dear President Obama…Sincerely, Parents Across America is a follow-up letter that was sent a few months ago (“Put the Parent Voice back in Public Education!”). A group of organized parents offer a critique of the President’s education policies. I’ll repeat what I said then: I like what the letter says. However, during my twenty-year community [...]
Wow, yesterday I shared the announcement of a Delaware school district starting the very bad idea of paying parents to attend school events, but at least they didn’t say they were going to use the money to pay students to improve test scores. Now, the Houston School District has announced they are going to go [...]
Sue Ferguson from National Coalition For Parent Involvement In Education just sent out this alert: This week, the U.S. Department of Education published the Notice of Proposed Priorities (NPP) for the Secretary’s Priorities for Discretionary Grant Programs in the Federal Register. The Secretary proposes thirteen priorities that the Department may use, as appropriate, for discretionary [...]
Another Bad Parent Engagement Strategy: Delaware District Wants To Pay Parents To Come To School Events
One Delaware School District wants to use a portion of their Race To The Top monies to pay parents to come to certain school events. Bad idea. Very bad idea. New York City Mayor Bloomberg recently closed down an effort that including paying parents to do the same thing. New York City had started a [...]
The Los Angeles Times published a very controversial article this month publicly linking student scores to individual teachers, and using that to evaluate whether teachers were “effective” or “ineffective.” You can read more about it at The Best Posts About The LA Times Article On “Value-Added” Teacher Ratings. Steve Zimmer, a member of the Los [...]
In June, I wrote about a Public School Insights piece on a program in Boston connecting schools and communities. Last month, Public School Insights did a follow-up interview with people in two schools who were responsible for making the program work. It’s worth reading the whole post, but here’s one question and answer that struck [...]
Moving English Language Learners to College- and Career-Readiness is an “issue brief” from The American Youth Policy Forum. I was particularly intrigued by a short description of what one Texas school District does to connect to parents, and how it benefits both the parents and students. Here’s an excerpt: Hidalgo ISD has worked hard to [...]
How a fifth-grader spent his summer vacation on worksheets is the title of a post from Gotham Schools. It describes a school giving students a book billed as a “parent involvement resource” to complete over the summer. It’s basically a collection of mind-numbingly dull worksheets. As a commenter on the blog suggests, why couldn’t the [...]
As Parents Protest, Chancellor and Panel Leave is the headline of a New York Times article today about how the Chancellor of Education in New York City and a city education panel walked out of a meeting rather than changing the agenda so public comment from parents could come before — rather than after- the [...]
“California Education Crisis: With Schools In Crisis, Parents Organize Political Pressure Groups” is an article that has just appeared in The Huffington Post. I may have some concerns/questions about the political judgment behind some of them, but the article does give a good overview of what’s happening in California.
Lisa Lambert is the director of PAL, a statewide, family-run, grassroots nonprofit organization based in Boston that promotes children’s mental health. She writes a blog called Hold On, It’s Not Over, and last month wrote a great post titled “Family engagement is a two way street.” It describes the difference between parent involvement and parent [...]
The Associated Press and Univision just published a poll they did with Latinos across the United States. You can read a summary written by Education Week and one done by the San Francisco Examiner. And you can read the actual poll results from AP here. You can also see an Associated Press interactive, which makes [...]
The Power of the Parent Voice: Secretary Arne Duncan’s Remarks at the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Leadership Mega Conference is a long title for a speech that Secretary Duncan recently gave to a group that I assume included many parents of children with special challenges. He spoke extensively about the role of parents [...]
I’ve just written a post at my other blog titled Surprise, Surprise! Study Finds Achievement Gap Progress Stops In Eighties (When Poverty Rates Begin To Rise). It’s another reason why schools need to engage parents and help respond to problems outside the schoolhouse walls.