Parent involvement in the schools used to mean attending the occasional parent-teacher conference, pitching in for a bake-sale or joining the PTA. But across our region, parents are taking on new ambitious goals, demanding changes in school policies and mobilizing to protect favored programs. We examine how the Internet and other networking tools are transforming parent activism, and consider how it is affecting the way local schools run.


  • Marcy Newberger Co-founder, Fairgrade
  • Janis Sartucci Parents Coalition of Montgomery County
  • Iris Toyer Chair, Parents United for the DC Public Schools
  • Michael Alison Chandler Reporter, Washington Post
  • Barbara Finkelstein Professor, International Center for Transcultural Education, College of Education, University of Maryland - College Park

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