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ERIC Number: ED535402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Putting the Punch in Parent Power. Education Outlook. No. 5
Hess, Frederick M.; Lautzenheiser, Daniel K.
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
While US parents have historically played supporting roles in schooling, they are becoming increasingly involved in education advocacy and policy. Contemporary school reform requires political muscle to enact controversial changes, meaning entrenched interest groups such as teachers unions have traditionally enjoyed an outsized impact in the realm of school reform. Education reform advocacy organizations have recently emerged to help educate and mobilize parents in their policy efforts, and expanding parent involvement in reform debates could serve as a counterweight to teachers unions' organization and mobilization capability. However, for education reform advocacy groups to help parents deliver on their promise to reform, the groups must build capacity to combat vested interests, develop alliances on both the right and left, cultivate efforts from the top down and bottom up, and take heed of parents' primary goal to help their own child. (Contains 15 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Identifiers - Location: United States