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For Parents: Local School Info

Parents deserve to know as much about their local schools as possible, so they can choose the school best suited to the unique needs of their child. School boards, administrators, and voters also deserve information on schools so they can help them improve and hold them accountable for results. Unfortunately, teachers unions have strongly resisted both accountability and the information it requires.

But in recent years many groups have begun to compile information on local schools, so that parents and other stakeholders can compare schools’ actual success in teaching students. Here are websites that can help parents begin this important process:

GreatSchools.org

GreatSchools.org

This popular website allows parents to research and compare schools across a district and a state. It also lets parents post their own reviews of schools their children attend. It won the 2007 Webby award for “Best Family and Parenting Site.”"

Education.com School Finder

Education.com School Finder

This site is built with parents in mind. In addition to listing information on schools and districts by state and state education standards, parents are invited to submit their own reviews of school districts. The school finder offers school overviews, test scores, student information and community reviews.

LocalSchoolDirectory.com

LocalSchoolDirectory.com

This site provides information to students, parents, teachers, and school administrators on public and private schools. Data is collected from the Department of Education as well as information submitted directly from schools.

Sample Letters to the Editor
One way to help raise awareness of the issues regarding teachers unions is to submit a letter to the editor in your local newspaper. Our director of communications, Sarah Longwell, has written some sample letters on teacher tenure and merit pay to help get you started. Here are some tips on getting your letter published in your hometown newspaper:

Let us know your success stories! If you get a letter to the editor published, send us a link and we’ll feature it on our Facebook page.