Hot on the heels of a Tennessee bill targeting undocumented immigrant students, the North Carolina legislature is considering a bill requiring principals to ask each parent if their child is documented or not. Now, that will really be a tool to encourage parent engagement… The North Carolina bill was also introduced just weeks after federal [...]
“Complain at school and get a knock on the door” is how a New York Daily News article (Parents say administrators are siccing ACS on them to retaliate for complaints) about parents claiming that if they make a complaint about their school, then the school reports them to child welfare investigators. Of course, there’s no [...]
Republican Congressman Todd Russell Platts was the leader in getting a House Committee to vote for restoring funding to Parental Information Centers (PIRCs). He’s also a co-sponsor of the Family Engagement in Education Act of 2011. Here’s his official statement in support of parent engagement and the PIRC funding.
A House committee voted today to retain funding for the Parental Information & Resource Centers (PIRCs). I haven’t been following this issue that closely, but I have to say that I’m surprised. I’m not sure if the National PTA was the primary lobbying force behind it or not but, if whoever was appears to have [...]
Last week I wrote a post titled “Failing” Parents, which shared a New York Times article about misguided punitive steps to encourage parent involvement/engagement. Since that times, The New York Times Learning Network has invited to students to respond to the question: Whose Fault Is It if a Child Is Failing in School? So far, [...]
The campaign to use the “parent trigger” law in Compton is now over, and supporters are trying to start a charter school at a local church instead. “Judge to throw out Trigger petitions:Compton parents to open charter nearby” is the title of a post at the Thoughts On Public Education blog that gives an update. [...]
Teaching the Teachers: Preparing Educators to Engage Families for Student Achievement is a new report from the Harvard Family Research Project and the National PTA on how teacher education programs can better prepare teachers for family engagement. This is how they describe the report: Teaching the Teachers highlights those promising strategies through five case studies, [...]
The New York Times has just published an article on recent efforts by not-particularly-enlightened legislators to “help” students learn by punishing their parents. It’s titled Whose Failing Grade Is It? Here’s a Diane Ravitch quote from the article: That is not surprising, said Diane Ravitch, an education historian and the author of “The Death and [...]
The NY Times reports that New York City Mayor Bloomberg today complained today about the predominantly minority parents who are fighting against his plan to close twenty-two schools: “Unfortunately there are some parents who just come from — they never had a formal education, and they don’t understand the value of education.” It’s an outrageous [...]
Rethinking how to make parents a bigger part of the education equation is the headline of an article about parent involvement in Delaware. It includes a video interview with U.S. Senator Chris Coons from Delaware, explaining why he co-sponsored the Family Engagement in Education Act of 2011.
Parents For Great Education is a Northern California parents group fighting for additional state funding for education. You can read more about them in today’s post from Thoughts on Public Education, “It’s not business, it’s personal:Bringing the budget cuts home to make them real.”