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The new public school parent : how to get the best education for your child
Chase, Bob.
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Publication Information:
New York : Penguin Books, [2002]

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xii, 276 pages ; 22 cm
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Includes index.
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Today 90 percent of America's children attend public schools. It's safe to say that 100 percent of their parent's wish for the best possible education for their child. But how do we achieve this?

With the New Public School Parent, Bob Chase, a veteran teacher, leading advocate for public education, and two-term president of the National Education Association, provides parents with a roadmap for navigating today's increasingly complex public school system. Backed by solid data, including vivid, real-life examples - The New Public School Parent covers such topics as:

· Facing the standardized test
· Getting the "best" teacher for your child
· Coping with learning disabilities in the classroom
· Making sure your gifted child is challenged
· What to do when your child falls behind
· Becoming an advocate for your child and your child's school

"An essential guide for all parents." -James P. Comer, M.d., Yale University Child Study Center

Author Notes

Bob Chase is a two-term president of the National Education Association. A teacher for twenty-five years in the Connecticut public school system, he is a nationally known opinion-maker and his writing has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor , USA Today , and a NEA sponsored column in the Washington Post .

Bob Katz's writing on children and parenting issues has appeared in the New York Times , Newsweek , Parenting , and Parents .

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Booklist Review

Chase is a two-term president of the National Education Association and a former schoolteacher, while Katz is a professional writer. The authors advise parents on how to get the most out of a public school education for their children. They walk parents through the typical school and the average school day, pointing out how to determine what constitutes a child-friendly school and how to evaluate the quality of the staff. Following profiles of a range of schools across the nation and various school situations, from parent-teacher conferences to standardized testing, the authors offer suggestions for navigating the increasing complexities of the public school system. They offer clear examples and suggestions on a range of topics, including how to evaluate the quality of computer and other assisted-learning programs, how to make sense of gifted programs and tracking, how to help children deal with bullying, and how to determine a child's learning style and help with homework. A glossary of education jargon and references to other helpful resources are included. Parents with children in public schools will appreciate this clear, concise reference. --Vanessa Bush

Library Journal Review

Chase, a former middle-school teacher, is a leading advocate for public education and a two-term president of the National Education Association. Katz writes frequently on issues concerning parents and children. Their book aims to help parents steer the best course for their child in the increasingly complex world of public schools, which most of the nation's children attend. Public school systems and educational methods have become so daunting that while parents want the best possible education for their children they often have a hard time finding ways to become more involved. Chase shares his 35 years of experience in education as both a teacher and an advocate for public education about how schools work and how to make them work for parents. Backed by solid data and real-life examples, his book will help parents decipher the bewildering experience of public schools, establish a good rapport with their child's teacher as well as with school authorities, and become active participants in their child's learning. Parents will find it empowering to explore how their children learn in today's public schools. Recommended for school and public libraries. Samuel T. Huang, Univ. of Arizona Lib., Tucson (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.