What if Parents Reformed Education?
MARCH 4, 2014
Jeanne Allen, Founder of Center For Education Reform
Jeanne Allen, a national voice on education reform, emphasized that for Idahoans to transform education they need to engage parents and use data.
Allen is a senior fellow for the Center for Education Reform and said after studying Idaho education and its history, she wanted to offer her advice to the crowd. She started with dismal news.
She said Idaho gains in a two-year period were “insignificant” — citing NAEP data — and that parents need to have a bigger influence if Idaho expects to raise its academic standards. “Parents used to say that safety and proximity to their home are the No. 1 reasons for picking a school — now it’s performance,” Allen said. “Parents want options.”