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Want to Be More Involved in Your Kid's Education? Check Out This Checklist

The Short of It

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education released a checklist of questions parents should be asking schools to help them engage more in their children's education and help their kids thrive in school.

The Lowdown

The Education Department partnered with the United Negro College Fund, the national Parent-Teacher Association and other organizations to create the checklist, which also encourages parents and caregivers to talk to their children about their education. The checklist is divided into sets of questions, such as the quality of education, how progress is measured, school safety and student engagement.

"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," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "Engaging with their educators is a good place to start."

The checklist follows the set of rights that the department released in June that outlines what families should expect from their children's education.

The Upshot

Improving communication between parents and teachers and helping parents understand what teachers need from them is key to making sure kids get the most out of their education. Moms and dads want to make sure their children aren't getting left behind, but they're often at a loss on how to help. Using this checklist may help many of them figure out how to better be a part of the educational process.

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