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As you listen to this week’s Dropout Nation Podcast on building parent power, listen to the rebroadcast of September’s podcast about the culture of condescension among defenders of traditional public education — and even some school reformers — against parents, and their unwillingness to embrace families as king — and consumers — in education. Despite all the statements about the importance of parental engagement in education, what actually happens in classrooms, among policymakers and in think tanks is runs counter to embracing parent power and the true role of parents as kings — and lead decision-makers — in education. This culture against parent power must end.

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