Archive for October, 2011

Parent Power!

Check out this great Education Next piece from Bruno Manno about how grassroots parent groups are making gains and demanding better schools and more choices for their children.

Empowering parents with the ability to choose good schools (as well as the information they need to determine the best school for their child) is absolutely vital, since they are the first educators of their children. It’s inspiring to see parents  mobilizing and using their “parent power” to become involved and fully engaged in their children’s education.

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John E. Coons on parental authority

redefinED has a great post on parental authority by John E. Coons. co-founder of the American Center for School Choice at Berkeley. What Coons says about the value of parents at all income levels making choices for how their children are educated (and the negative effects of parents not having choices) is borne out in our conversations with CSF parents who are empowered to choose schools for their children.

The consequence of allowing strangers to make educational choices for children is damage to the family and the broader society. The American Center for School Choice wants to bring this school choice debate to the center of our political spectrum around what is broadly recognized as a centrist and established American value—parents have authority for their children.