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As León vows improvements, here are 5 issues facing special education in Newark’s schools
Newark schools chief Roger León has promised to make many long-needed changes, but perhaps the biggest promise he’s made is to fix the city’s special education program.
July 29, 2019
Chicago parents: We want to hear from you about schools
Our goal is to hear from parents who often don't get the chance to make their voices heard.
June 27, 2019
How a parent organizer will try to upend Indianapolis’ top-down charter movement
Ashley Virden won a two-year fellowship from The Mind Trust to create a parent advocacy organization in Indianapolis and reverse the top-down ed reform movement.
April 8, 2019
Three things you need to know about Chicago’s new student portal, coming after spring break
When students and teachers come back from spring break this month, they will see one big change, but it won’t be visible in…
March 25, 2019
Memphis parent advocacy group spreading model to other cities, most recently Nashville
Nashville is the latest city to copy pieces of the Memphis Lift model for engaging parents in advocacy.
Listening Tour 2018
July 31, 2018
From one parent to another: Learning how to advocate for a child with a disability
The dozen or so mothers, grandmothers and aunts came from different neighborhoods of the city. But they shared something in common: a…
Updated July 17, 2018
‘Sharing their hearts’: Why these parents became advocates for Memphis students
While their children are out of school for the summer, a local parent group is using this time to hit the books.
October 25, 2017
Unable to reinvent itself, Black Alliance for Educational Options to shut down after nearly 20 years
The Black Alliance for Educational Options, a longtime national advocacy group founded by Howard Fuller, says it will shut down at the end of the year.
April 25, 2017
How I learned not to be ‘that mom’ — while keeping up the good fight for my son with a learning disability
Amy Valentine explains how she cut through "the fog of inaction" at her son's school, using the experience to teach (and learn) about perseverance.
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