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Election Season Begins for New Crop of Parent Leaders

Monday, March 23, 2015

More parents have put their hats in the ring this year to fill seats on Community Education Councils, with the hope of shaping education policy in New York City.
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Wanted: A Few Good Parent Candidates

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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New York City parents interested in seeking an elected office now have their chance. Candidates can submit applications for the 36 local councils.
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To Help Struggling Schools, de Blasio Invests Rather Than Shuts Down

Monday, November 03, 2014

New York City's mayor set a starkly different tone than his predecessor with his $150 million plan to give the city's worst schools help and time to improve. 
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Parents Say School Leader Listens, and it Feels Good

Friday, January 17, 2014

After a meeting with the new schools chancellor, parent leaders said they got a taste of what they were missing from the previous administration: being heard and understood.

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D.O.E. Lays Out the Challenge of Measuring Schools

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Education officials reflected on the strengths and weaknesses of the school progress reports in a policy paper that came as close to humble as the outgoing administration is likely to get.

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Note to New Mayor: Show Some Love to Parent Coordinators in the Schools

Friday, October 18, 2013

A parent returns to her middle school to serve as a parent coordinator. Fast forward a few years: she is burned out, underpaid, and fearful for her future. How did it go so wrong? 

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Kindergarten Applications Going Digital

Thursday, September 12, 2013

When the 2014-15 application period opens for kindergarten,  New York City parents will have the option to apply online or by phone rather than personally visiting every school on their list and filling out multiple applications by hand. It may sound modest but Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott called the new system "a major game changer."

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Co-location Issues Rev Up Along With New School Year

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Parents opposed to new proposals to open multiple schools in the same building called on the Department of Education to withdraw the plans from the agenda of the Panel for Education Policy meeting next month. The release of more proposed co-locations late on Friday before the Labor Day weekend prompted the parents' outcry.

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Parents: Get Informed, Not Anxious About Test Scores

Monday, August 26, 2013

One father advises parents to remain calm when they look up their child’s state test results, slated to be available Monday on ARIS. "Your child has not become a lot less (or more) competent in just one year, no matter what the score says," he says.

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Parent Candidates Sue to Halt Council Elections

Friday, May 03, 2013

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Eight parents who are running to sit on local Community Education Councils are suing to stop the elections. They argue the process has not allowed them a fair chance to reach the select parents with the authority to vote for them.

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Brooklyn Charter Dials Back Discipline After Outcry

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

In our series on charter schools we’ve examined the role of discipline. Critics say charters with strict rules unfairly push out students or fail to communicate with families well. One school in Bedford Stuyvesant lost almost one of five of its students when parents thought its detention and disciplinary rules went too far. It has since toned down its approach.

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Panel Debates Bloomberg's School Reforms

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A frank assessment of the Bloomberg legacy and what awaits the next mayor were the highlights of a breakfast panel hosted by City & State and SchoolBook. You can hear it here.

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Use Parent-Teacher Conferences To Start Conversations

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A parent coordinator advises parents to temper their expectations for the upcoming parent-teacher conferences. Read her top six tips to make the most of the meetings.

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Chancellor Unveils Long Awaited Parent Academy

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Citing statistics showing students do better in school when their parents are actively engaged in their education, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the city will open a new Parent Academy to host training sessions at individual schools and in each of the five boroughs.

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Two Mothers Say They Crave More School Contact

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Two women whose children attend a middle school in the Bronx say they'd like more information about their children's progress and more access to school officials.

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Parents Who Are Heard But Not Seen Still Count

Monday, October 15, 2012

A parent coordinator, from the South Bronx Preparatory School, said email and texts finally are taking off in her community and she hopes they'll help her connect with more parents than ever before.

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Parental Engagement Declines; Texting Service Slow to Take Off

Sunday, September 23, 2012

More than 2,000 parents signed up for mobile updates in the first week of the new school year. The city says it's expanding outreach to parents as a new report shows a declining number of parents are attending conferences and workshops at their schools.

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