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This policy brief reports findings from a survey of parent leaders in 2007 that sought to understand what parents of English Learners and Standard English Learners think about the education of their children and about parent education and involvement in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Surveys with 513 LAUSD parent leaders revealed low ratings for LAUSD’s parent education efforts as well as for student academic programs. Open-ended responses point both to educational as well as policy recommendations in the following areas: 1) home/school collaboration; 2) professional development, curriculum and Instruction, and tutors/support; and 3) accountability. This policy brief concludes that improvement in the educational experiences and outcomes for Standard English Learners and English Learners can happen by capitalizing on existing parent leadership.

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Lavadenz, M., Armas, E. G., & Villanueva, I. (2007). Parent involvement and the education of English learners and standard English learners: Perspectives of LAUSD parent leaders [Education and Policy Brief No. 1]. Loyola Marymount University Center for Equity for English Learners.10.15365/ceel.policy.1

No.1, December 2007: Parent Involvement and the Education of English Learners and Standard English Learners: Perspectives of LAUSD Parent Leader