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U.S. Department of Education Announces New Guide for Engaging Parents in Education

August 06, 2007

U.S. Assistant Deputy Secretary Morgan Brown announced the release of a new publication, Engaging Parents in Education, at the 2007 National Parental Information and Resource Center Conference in Baltimore, Md. Brown discussed the importance of informing parents and students of their education options under No Child Left Behind and engaging parents in decisions about their children's education.

"Thanks to No Child Left Behind, schools are now required to provide parents with the information and options they need to ensure their children receive the high-quality education they deserve," Secretary Spellings said. "Resources like this show how increasing parental involvement is key to improving student achievement."

The guide profiles five Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs) that are representative of how PIRCs and their partnering organizations can successfully increase parental involvement in education. The centers emphasize the power of strong parent-educator partnerships to improve schools and raise students' academic achievement.

This guide is part of the Department's Innovations in Education series. Other publications in this series will be released later this fall and cover topics such as online courses, charter school authorizing and K-8 charter schools.

To view and download Engaging Parents in Education please visit http://www.ed.gov/admins/comm/parents/parentinvolve/index.html

The organizations featured in the guide are:

Academic Development Institute, PIRC
121 N. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, Ill. 62656
http://www.adi.org/solidfoundation
Reatha Owen, Director

The Family Works, a program of the Family Services Agency
610 East Diamond Ave.
Gaithersburg, Md. 20877
http://www.familyservicesagency.org/site/
PageServer?pagename=The_Family_Works
Barbara Gimperling, Director

Indiana Center for Family, School, and Community Partnerships
921 E. 86th St., Suite 108
Indianapolis, Ind. 46240
http://www.fscp.org
Jacqueline Garvey, Executive Director

Intercultural Development Research Association, PIRC
5835 Callaghan Road, Suite 350
San Antonio, Texas 78228-1190
http://www.idra.org/Texas_IDRA_PIRC.htm
Aurelio Montemayor, Director

The Utah Family Center, now operating as Utah Family Partnership Network
2500 S. State St., Room D120
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
http://www.utahpirc.org
Barbara Smith, Director

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