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The 'Parent Trigger' Lesson: Giving Parents (and Kids) a Real Seat at the Education Reform Table

The Parent Trigger disrupts the status quo which compels parents to resort to drastic measures to get their kids a quality education.


It began with hope.

Four years ago, believing real parent power and engagement in education policy helps ensure a 'kids-first' agenda in California schools, we started the non-profit Parent Revolution with little more than hope, optimism for a better future, and an unquestioned dedication to making things better for kids whose schools are failing them.

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Sick of Broke Schools: Parents Go Gangster and Shake Down Businesses For Cash

Don't want to help schools financially? Get ready to look down the barrel of a juice box.

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It looks like America's parents have had it with all the endless fundraising they have to do to compensate for years of cuts to public education budgets. In fact, some of them are so fed up with begging for donations that they're turning to gangster tactics and rapping about it.

The track, "Shake You Down" is a comedic look at the fundraising frustrations of a bunch of PTA moms. They turn their kids loose on a sushi restaurant until the place agrees to cough up some cash for the local school.

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Love in the Golden Years, With a Push From the Kids

Two English brothers designed their startup with a very specific goal: to help their 60-something mum find love.

For people who grew up on the internet, online dating sites may seem like a natural place to look for companionship. But for those in their golden years, internet romance may feel like a strange fit. That’s why two English brothers started a new dating website specifically to help their 60-something mum find a dashing older gentleman.

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Ed Tech: One of These Ideas Might Be the Next Big Thing to Make Learning Easier

Here are five smart business ideas that use technology to solve education challenges.


What's going to be the next big education technology idea? One of the 10 finalist ideas invited to the "Education Innovators Showcase" at the upcoming Venture Capital in Education Summit in New York City could be the "thing" that revolutionizes learning.

The Showcase gives business ideas that use technology to make teaching and learning easier the opportunity to get in front of influential education leaders as well as potential investors. To be able to participate, interested companies went through an application process and were judged by representatives from the Summit’s two host organizations, Education Growth Advisors and Startl, as well as several other education entities. (Full disclosure: One of the judges selecting the finalists was the Apollo Group, parent company of the University of Phoenix, which sponsors this education hub.)

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Rahmcast: Chicago Mayor Partners with Media Giant to Bridge the Digital Divide

Rahm Emanuel and Comcast have teamed up to provide discounted computers and internet access for the city's low-income students.

Is Chicago eliminating the digital divide? On Tuesday Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new partnership between the city and the media conglomerate Comcast to provide computers and web access to the city's 330,000 low-income public school kids and their families. "Internet Essentials" will provide each family with a $150 voucher from Comcast that can be put toward the cost of a refurbished computer valued at up to $500. The company will also provide heavily discounted internet service for $9.95 a month and train families on digital literacy.

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San Diego Is Bridging the Digital Divide with Refurbished Computers for Low-Income Families

Trying to do research for an assignment or type a paper without your own computer is really hard.

Can you imagine trying to do research for an assignment or type a paper without your own computer? For low-income students, this is often the reality. Sure, they can sometimes trek to public libraries to use computers there, but with long waits, time-use limits, and libraries cutting back their hours, more kids are left without a way to complete critical schoolwork. The San Diego County Office of Education's "Unlimited Access" program, a collaborative effort with businesses and nonprofits, may have a solution.

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