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Newswire: September 3, 2013

Vol. 15, No. 33

Newswire – Special Back-to-School Parent Power! Edition

IN SEARCH OF PARENT POWER! As more students head back to school this week as evident by the 300 or so alerts most of us have received or posted from Facebook “Friends,” more and more parents and lawmakers are questioning whether they have a say in their children’s education. Luckily there’s The Parent Power Index (PPI), an indispensable resource that ranks and measures state education policy across the US. Released yesterday, the PPI shows only 5 out of the 50 states plus Washington, DC actually made progress in delivering meaningful reforms allowing parents to get the best possible education for their children. In addition to the rankings, a new analysis of the PPI highlights which states in 2013 empowered parents with impactful reforms, which ones are showing signs of change, and which states have yet to move in the right direction. Click here to view the complete Parent Power Index. Here are some highlights of PPI coverage from around the country:

• Louisiana continues to rank high in Parent Power, but faces threats from outside sources.

Washington State experienced huge rankings jump, going from 38 to 22.

•Michigan ranked 11th, scoring highly for a variety of reasons, not limited to a strong charter school law, teacher freedoms and advancements in online learning.

The PPI is one of many bold and exciting initiatives that make up CER’s Campaign for Education Reform, a series of future efforts designed to raise awareness and support for sorely needed ed reform nationwide.

DON’T MISS OUT on being KING OF THE HILL/TOP OF THE LIST. Reserve your ad in CER’s 20th Anniversary gala program – ad deadline is SEPT 12TH. Email events@edreform.com to reserve your space today. See www.edreform.com/20th for more information on tickets and table sponsor opportunities.