Parents

Education news, analysis, and opinion about how parents and other family members interact with schools and their children’s education
First lady Jill Biden speaks at the 125th Anniversary Convention of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in National Harbor, Md., Friday, June 17, 2022.
First lady Jill Biden speaks at the 125th Anniversary Convention of the National Parent Teacher Association in National Harbor, Md.
Susan Walsh/AP
Families & the Community Jill Biden: The Teacher-Parent Partnership Can Be 'Powerful'
First lady Jill Biden emphasized the value of educator and family partnerships in a speech at the National Parent Teachers Association convention Friday.
Libby Stanford, June 17, 2022
2 min read
First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona listen to parents as they tour Fort LeBoeuf Middle School in Waterford, Pa., on March 3, 2021. The U.S. Department of Education's new National Parents and Family Engagement Council aims to foster stronger relationships between parents and schools.
First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona listen to parents during a visit to Fort LeBoeuf Middle School in Waterford, Pa., in March.
Mandel Ngan/AP
Families & the Community The Ed. Dept.'s New Parent Council: What Will It Do?
The U.S. Department of Education launched the council to facilitate better communication between schools and the families they serve.
Libby Stanford, June 14, 2022
3 min read
Aarnavi Gupta, 8, and her father, Chanchal, review a coding project about a family trip to the beach at “Creative Coding: A Morning of Making” as part of a Remake Learning Days program held at South Fayette Intermediate School on May 23, 2022 in McDonald, Pa.
Aarnavi Gupta, 8, and her father, Chanchal, review a coding project about a family trip to the beach as part of a program at South Fayette Intermediate School in McDonald, Pa.
Jeff Swensen for Education Week
Future of Work Want to Spark Students' Interest in STEM? Initiative Brings Parents Into That Effort
Programs like Remake Learning Days are especially important at a time when there is a vast talent gap in the STEM industry.
Lauraine Langreo, June 8, 2022
9 min read
A state trooper walks past the Robb Elementary School sign in Uvalde, Texas, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, following a deadly shooting at the school.
A state trooper walks past the Robb Elementary School sign in Uvalde, Texas, last month. The deadly shooting at the school last month, and police officers' delayed efforts to stop it, have reignited debates about police presence in schools.
William Luther/The San Antonio Express-News via AP
School Climate & Safety The Risks and Benefits of School Police: Black and Latino Parents Weigh In
In interviews, Black and Latino parents diverge on whether police in schools will protect or harm their children.
Eesha Pendharkar, June 8, 2022
8 min read
Curriculum Spotlight Spotlight on Curriculum
This Spotlight will help you explore parental involvement in curriculum choices, how curriculum can help students’ media literacy, and more.
June 1, 2022
Images shows colorful speech bubbles that say "Q," "&," and "A."
iStock/Getty
English-Language Learners Opinion Crystal Ball Predictions: What Will Education for ELL Students Look Like in 10 Years?
In the next decade, schools just might appreciate English-learners for whom they are and the language skills they possess.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 17, 2022
12 min read
Image shows a multi-tailed arrow hitting the bullseye of a target.
DigitalVision Vectors/Getty
States Opinion Searching for Common Ground: The Parental-Rights Bill, aka the 'Don’t Say Gay’ Bill
Rick and USC dean Pedro Noguera discuss Florida's law curbing gender and sexuality talk and its impact on students, teachers, and parents.
Rick Hess, May 12, 2022
6 min read
Student Well-Being Video Inside Latino Parents' Push for Healthy, Culturally Appropriate School Lunches
Parents in one Colorado district want to see the same improvements to school lunches that were achieved in a neighboring district.
Kaylee Domzalski, April 29, 2022
1 min read
Illustration showing 4 individuals next to their pronouns (he/him, they/them, and she/her)
iStock/Getty Images Plus
Law & Courts Are Teachers Obliged to Tell Parents Their Child Might Be Trans? Courts May Soon Decide
Some administrators say outing a student could lead to child abuse or self-harm. Parents in court filings say they have a right to know.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 28, 2022
12 min read
Student Well-Being Video A Parent Looks Back On a Successful District-Parent Collaboration
In one Colorado district, parents advocated for improved school meals, and succeeded in bringing about significant change.
Kaylee Domzalski, April 28, 2022
2:41
Families & the Community Video One Parent’s Approach to Advocacy Through Community
In advocating for the nutritional needs of her children, one parent has found strength in community.
Kaylee Domzalski, April 28, 2022
3:08
Student Well-Being Video How a Group of Latino Parents Pressed Their School Meal Concerns
Parents have tried to convince this Colorado district to enhance its school meal menu, but navigating the process has come with challenges.
Kaylee Domzalski, April 28, 2022
5:53
Demonstrators gather on the steps of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in front of the Florida State Capitol on March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida House Republicans advanced a bill, dubbed by opponents as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, to forbid discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, rejecting criticism from Democrats who said the proposal demonizes LGBTQ people.
Demonstrators gather on the steps of a museum in front of the Florida State Capitol in early March as Republicans took up a bill curbing how schools can discuss LGBTQ people. Later that month, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed it into law.
Wilfredo Lee/AP
Equity & Diversity What's Driving the Push to Restrict Schools on LGBTQ Issues?
A confluence of factors have resulted in a wave of legislation this year targeted at classroom discussions on gender and sexuality.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 19, 2022
14 min read
Photo of children working together at table.
Getty
School & District Management How School Leaders Can Respond to Pushback Over Social-Emotional Learning
See 7 tips for how to talk to parents and community members about social-emotional learning.
Arianna Prothero, April 13, 2022
6 min read