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New checklist aims to help parents engage with schools

Seeking to engage parents more in their children's education, the Obama administration on Friday released a checklist of questions they should be asking schools. "I have never met a parent who doesn't want the best for their child. However, it can be hard for families to know how to support their child's education," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "Engaging with their educators is a good place to start." The checklist is divided into sets of questions officials say parents should ask educators. They cover such areas as the quality of education, how progress is measured, school safety and student engagement. It also encourages parents to talk to...

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