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School Signs Promise To Address Parental Complaints

| Natasha Lindstrom | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents

A group of parents threatening to invoke California’s controversial “parent trigger” law has spurred Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)...

National Parents Day -- Celebrating Parent Power

Ben Austin | Posted 09.24.2013 | Los Angeles
Ben Austin

For as long as I can remember, parent involvement has been at the heart of almost every major education reform effort.

Poll Driver: StudentsFirstNY in the NYC Mayoral Race

Jessica Siegel | Posted 08.20.2013 | New York
Jessica Siegel

As someone who has spent much of my life teaching, or writing about education issues, I thought, why not? It wasn't one of those polls where they were surreptitiously trying to sell me a product--or were they?

A Kids First Dialogue: Open Letter to Dr. Diane Ravitch

Ben Austin | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Ben Austin

Parents, educators, and education advocates have a lot in common when it comes to a kids-first first agenda. But we can never seize that common ground if those with whom we disagree are deemed to be "evil" and sentenced to Hell, as you did last week in your now infamous blog post.

Board OKs Charter Takeover Of California Public School

| Natasha Lindstrom | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. The real-life version of “Won’t Back Down” — the recent movie t...

Parents Choose New Charter Operator In First Ever 'Parent Trigger'

| Natasha Lindstrom | Posted 12.19.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. A small group of parents in Adelanto, Calif., became the first in the n...

First 'Parent Trigger' Moves To A Crucial Vote After Court Ruling

| Natasha Lindstrom | Posted 12.17.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. About nine months ago, at a small park playground a few hundred feet from their children's...

School Choice Programs Expanded Nationwide Despite Heavy Opposition

Posted 10.11.2012 | Education

In an article titled “School Choice Marches Forward” for Education Next, Jonathan Butcher, Education Director for the Goldwater Institute, examine...

A Special Thank You to the Cast of 'Won't Back Down' for Giving Disenfranchised Parents and Children a National Voice

Gwendolyn Samuel | Posted 12.10.2012 | Education
Gwendolyn Samuel

It was so easy for a parent, like me, to identify with the fear that the fictional single parent played by Maggie Gyllenhaal felt in not having the access or means to get her child the resources needed to effectively support her child's educational needs.

5 Ways Parents Can Advocate for Their Kids

Wendy S. Grolnick | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
Wendy S. Grolnick

A "parent takeover" is not the answer. But increasing parent engagement and voice is a good place to start. There are five directions that we believe are productive outlets for this energy.

No Hollywood Ending For Struggling Real-Life 'Won't Back Down' School

| Natasha Lindstrom | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. Doreen Diaz left the red carpet movie premiere of “Won’t Back Down” in New York City...

What Won't Back Down Doesn't Get Quite Right

Mark Phillips | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Mark Phillips

Won't Back Down will not enlighten. It will feed polarization and contribute to the misguided habits of thought that already plague educational policy-making in this country.

De-Bunking Some Common Myths About Parent Trigger

Eric Lerum | Posted 11.29.2012 | Education
Eric Lerum

A posting here last week exposed some common misperceptions about parent trigger, an important education reform policy that is gaining national attention due to the release of the film Won't Back Down.

When Parents Have Different Styles: Does It Spell Disaster?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.29.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

When your parenting style differs from that of your partner, it can be frustrating at best and destructive at worst, creating dissonance and distance between partners and confusion among the kids. But different parenting styles needn't spell disaster. Divergent styles can help prepare kids for a world of negotiating various types of people.

The Reality Behind 'Won't Back Down's' Story of Parental Empowerment

Ben Austin | Posted 11.04.2012 | Education
Ben Austin

A parent's effort to transform a failing school is the subject of a highly anticipated new motion picture called Won't Back Down. "Inspired by actual ...

Won't Back Down

Daniel Barnz | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
Daniel Barnz

In recent weeks there has been heated discussion about the nature of the Goliath in Won't Back Down, but for me much of this debate tragically misses the point -- both of the film and of the issue itself: It's not about us. It's about our kids.

The Three Big Lies in Won't Back Down

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

I saw Won't Back Down last week. The crowd loved it, and I might have liked it too, if I hadn't known why it was produced or been aware of the three big lies at the heart of the movie.

Parents 'Won't Back Down' From School Choice

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

Can a feature-length movie help promote the reform of our schools?

Jon Ward

Dems Divided By Movie Slamming Key Supporters

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The most controversial thing to happen at the Democratic National Convention this week may end up being a movie screening. On Monday ...

Rhee At GOP Convention: Ed Reform Will Require 'Getting Ready For A Fight'

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee called for classroom teach...

Polls, Politics and Education

Jeanne Allen | Posted 10.27.2012 | Education
Jeanne Allen

Polls and survey aside, let's hope that these next two weeks of convention mania yield the understanding that education reform is central to our future solvency.

FAQ on the Controversial Film Won't Back Down: What Parents Need to Know

Leonie Haimson | Posted 10.13.2012 | Education
Leonie Haimson

I'm hearing there's a lot of controversy about the movie Won't Back Down. Why? Many people believe the film promotes the privatization of public educ...

Parent Trigger Laws: What Leading Thinkers Have To Say

| Posted 08.06.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Parents in Adelanto, Calif., scored a victory for advocates of the "par...

Louisiana Sets Rules For Landmark School Voucher Program

Reuters | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education

* Louisiana has the most sweeping voucher program in U.S. * Governor says it spurs competition, expands choice * Critics...

Big Win For Parents In California: Failing School Takeover Approved

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 09.22.2012 | Education

LOS ANGELES — The effort to have parents drive school reform received a substantial boost with a court ordering a San Bernardino County school d...