Putting the Punch in Parent Power
In this education outlook, the American Enterprise Institute’s Frederick Hess and Daniel Lautzenheiser noteÂ parents are becoming a growing influence in education policy debates, a shift from more recent practice where parents largely have played supporting, rather than directing, roles. This growing influence, they say, is a welcome counterbalance to long-entrenched, dominant interest groups such as teachers unions. At the same time, parents have many responsibilities and have difficulty sustaining political effort. Advocacy organizations seeking to amplify parentsâ€™ voices need to â€œgrow significantly and move from intermittent activism to a more cohesive voting bloc that can elect reform-minded candidates,â€ the authors write, in order for â€œparent activismâ€ to effect more than hype.