Parent Engagement—Under ESSA and in the Real World

Parent Engagement—Under ESSA and in the Real World

March 22, 2019

In this piece in The 74, six parent-activists talk about their education engagement practices and how they were driven by wanting better for their children—and all children. These advocates started by “reaching out to other moms and dads and grandmothers and caretakers, giving them the information needed to speak up for their kids in school systems that can sometimes be intimidating,” and from those relationships, “parent networks were built that could effect change.” Now, ESSA “prioritizes the kind of parent engagement these six women practice in their school communities every day,” and “mandates that disadvantaged schools put a portion of their federal dollars toward engaging parents.”