Bill Proposed To Grade Parents — What’s In Florida’s Drinking Water?

A legislator in Florida is proposing a bill that would have teachers grade their student’s parents on their school participation. Now, THAT would really do wonders for teacher-parent relationships… Linda Perlstein has a good piece exploring the consequences of such a bill. If you combine this crazy scheme with all the other unhelpful ideas Governor […]

“Florida PTA Urges State to Make Changes to School Accountability System”

Florida PTA Urges State to Make Changes to School Accountability System is the headline of an Ed Week post. Here’s an excerpt: The Florida PTA issued a press release this week asking lawmakers and state Department of Education officials for the following: Proper field-testing and test development in areas that mirror Florida’s diverse demographics; A […]

What Is With All These Proposed Punitive Measures Against Parents?

Yesterday, I posted about a Florida legislator’s proposal to have teachers grade parents. Late last year, I wrote about a Michigan prosecutors plan to jail parents who didn’t attend parent-teacher conferences. Now, an Indiana legislator wants parents to perform community service if their child misbehaves in school, apparently targeting instances of bullying. I’ll admit that […]

Parent Trigger News

I still feel very confident in saying that the “parent trigger” is pretty much dead in terms of having any kind of real influence in the education policy debate, but it does seem to appear to have some dying breathes left. You can read about them here: Adelanto school is targeted in second test of […]

The Worst Parent Engagement Ideas

I’ve posted a lot about good parent engagement/involvement ideas, but sometimes you can learn just as much from looking at bad examples. You can see lots of good ideas at all my parent engagement-related “The Best” lists here. Here are my choices for The Worst Parent Engagement Ideas: Putting Parents in Charge is a condescending […]

“What Parent Engagement Posts Did Readers Find Most “Engaging” This Past Quarter?

Post Rank uses a variety of ways to measure level of “engagement” that readers have with specific blog posts. I have a constantly updated “widget” on my blog’s sidebar that lists these posts, but I thought a quarterly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself. Here’s a listing of […]