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ERIC Number: EJ912676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
Holding on to Parent Voices
Finkel, Ed
District Administration, v47 n1 p62-66 Jan 2011
Under No Child Left Behind, the federal government requires school districts to use 1 percent of Title I money to fund programs that involve parents in the schools and provides another $39 million annually for 62 Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs) that provide training and information for both parents and district personnel to bolster family engagement in schools. Under the Obama Administration's "Blueprint for Reform," the amount of Title I funding for parental involvement would be doubled to 2 percent. But the Blueprint leaves uncertain the future of the PIRCs, because PIRCs would compete for funding with other programs. This troubles parent advocacy groups as Secretary Arne Duncan pushes forward with Chicago-style reforms that likely will include shutting down under-performing schools, firing principals, and changing staff. As the administration formulates plans for its "turnaround" scenarios for failing schools, parents and community should be given substantive roles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000; No Child Left Behind Act 2001