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Three parents who made a difference at their schools

Motivated by a desire to improve schools, parents are creating a new level of partnership with schools and helping to make a difference.

Become a legislative advocate for your child's school

Let your elected officials know where you stand on the issues that affect schools and your child's education.

What happens if you get a so-so teacher?

Take charge of your child's education by making the most of a less than ideal instructor.

Real-life stories about improving schools

Read these stories from Once Upon a School, a Web site created by best-selling author Dave Eggers to encourage citizens to get involved in their local schools.

What happens if you get a bad teacher?

How to cope when your child's teacher is out and out terrible.

Dear Teacher . . .

It's parent-teacher conference time! In an open letter to her child's teacher, one parent shares her hopes for their upcoming meeting (start, please, by learning her name).

Emergency homeschooling

When traditional school fails your child mid-year, what's a parent to do? As one desperate mom discovers, there's no place like home.

How to reallly make a difference at your child's school

What's the best way to help out at your child's school? Here are time-honored tips on making a contribution of time and effort that really makes a difference.

How to start a foreign language program

Exposure to a second language is more crucial than ever. Find out how to start a Spanish, French, Chinese, or other foreign language program at your child's school.

How to improve your school's lunch program

Tired of seeing chicken nuggets, tater tots, and chocolate milk on the school lunch menu? Here are seven simple steps to give your school cafeteria a healthy makeover.

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