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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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City Wins Lawsuit on Parent Council Elections

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Department of Education won a lawsuit brought by parents who claimed the election process for Community Education Councils was unfair. The suit had prevented the city from announcing the names of the winners.

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Supreme Court Justice Urges Immigrant Parents to Help Children with School

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WNYC

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told a large gathering of parents of English language learners to speak up and ask for help navigating the massive school system, and to remember this mantra: "I am not stupid. I am ignorant. Help me figure it out."

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Parent Council Elections to Proceed, For Now

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

WNYC

Elections for the city's parent councils may continue. A group of candidates unsuccessfully tried to persuade a judge to halt the process because they felt they weren't given a full opportunity to campaign before voting began on May 1.

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Why My Son is Not Taking the State Tests

Thursday, April 18, 2013

WNYC

"When I look at my son, I don't see a data point or a test score. I don't look at my son and see future SAT's or LSAT's. I see a kid frustrated with 'practice tests' and the narrow curriculum his teachers are forced to teach."

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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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Annual Schools Survey Shows Parents More Satisfied Than Teachers

Monday, July 23, 2012

A record number of parents, student, and teachers responded to the city's annual school survey. More students reported that their schoolwork is more rigorous, with 95 percent of students saying they need to work hard to get good grades, up from 93 percent in 2010. Eighty percent of teachers said they received feedback on their teaching practices that helped them integrate the new Common Core standards into classroom instruction.

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At Two City Schools, Parents' Money Leads to Two Very Different Experiences

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Parents at P.S. 89 in Manhattan pay for laptops, a dance program, a chess club, upgrades to the gym and the library, music and art programs, and a playground assistant. They give teachers $400 each to purchase school supplies, and $200 more later in the year if needed. At P.S. 305 in Brooklyn, parents are hoping to use the $5,000 they have raised this year to send fifth graders on “a nice, end-of-year trip,” rent out a prom hall and purchase sashes for their graduation ceremony. Teachers not only don't get money for school supplies, they often chip in to help families and children. Another report on the impact of parent fund-raising and spending in the public schools.

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Parents Dig Deeper to Relieve Tight Public School Budgets

Thursday, May 31, 2012

After five years of cuts to public school budgets, parents say they are being pressed for more supplies, support and dollars than ever, and many are spending hundreds of dollars, and in some cases, thousands, a year on school-related items. This is the first in a series of posts planned by SchoolBook on the rising cost of public school, originating with our readers' responses.

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Union Gears Workshops Toward Parent Power

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The United Federation of Teachers began a series of workshops for parents on Saturday morning, to help provide them with skills and motivation "to advocate on behalf of their children and schools, and demand education policy changes," Gotham Schools reports.

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What Is Being Done to Improve Parent Involvement?

Thursday, May 03, 2012

A parent coordinator writes: These days there is a lot of emphasis on school accountability and teacher accountability. But who is paying attention to parent accountability and finding ways to help parents become more involved? "Someone is always talking, measuring, criticizing -- but not solving," she writes.

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At One-Year Mark, Walcott Sees Improvement in Education Debate's Tone

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Reflecting on his first year as chancellor of the city's schools, one marked by protests over school closings and the public release of teacher rankings, Dennis M. Walcott said that, in some ways, the tone of the citywide education debate has improved under his leadership.

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How to Measure Teacher Quality? Ask Parents

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

An education advocate writes: Teacher quality is like baseball and apple pie. All of us who care about education reform can embrace it -- in principle. But how we measure and strengthen it is where consensus quickly falls apart. One idea that rarely comes up in the discussion: Why not include parents in the evaluation process?

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Want to Improve Schools? Make Parent Involvement Meaningful

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A councilman from Brooklyn argues that the city's Education Department is missing an opportunity by choosing to close and open schools without the involvement of the local communities. In doing so, he argues, the Education Department is not only discouraging the involvement of parents and communities in our schools, but also creating an atmosphere where support for new schools is severely compromised.

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A Call for Parent Power. Real Power.

Friday, December 16, 2011

At a City Council hearing on parent involvement, parents were not shy about saying that they do not feel that they are as much of a priority as is frequently stated by Education Department officials, given they have no real say on the Panel for Educational Policy, the community education councils or in school closings.

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Preparing for College, and Kindergarten

Monday, December 05, 2011

New York City education officials are talking to parents this week about how to set pre-K students on the path to college. They are beginning a series of citywide information sessions on the issue for the first time.

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Student Rumors Triggered Long Island Cheating Investigation

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The SAT cheating scandal in Nassau County has grown to 20 arrests and half a dozen schools. Prosecutors said that it began with student rumors, which led school officials to examine inconsistencies in performance. Some people argue that it is not a criminal matter and that the College Board should have handled it administratively. What do you think?

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Sex Ed, With an Emphasis on the Sex

Monday, November 21, 2011

As New York City moves toward its first mandated sex education courses in many years, a school in the Philadelphia suburbs embraces a new type of program that embraces the sexual aspects of sex ed. Can explicit lesson that assume high school students are having sex and coaches them on how to make the most of it be an effective way to deal with safety, unwanted pregnancies, stigmas and sexual stereotypes?

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Scheduling Chaos at Another Queens High School

Thursday, November 17, 2011

In the news, a new Queens high school is in a state of confusion over scheduling, with students experiencing changes to their day as many as 10 times since the school year started, Gotham Schools reports. The principal of Queens Metropolitan High School said she had been working night and day to try to clear up the mess.

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Class Parent: What if Nobody Wants to Play With Me?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

You know that feeling when you finish setting up for a party, and you're waiting for what seems like forever for your fashionably late friends, and you convince yourself that they've all conspired against you not to show up? It's even worse when your 4-year-old daughter keeps asking, "Where are all the guests?" So began Sunday's parents and child brunch, as recounted in the latest post by a new class parent.

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