Milwaukee public-school officials plan to use $4 million in federal stimulus money to expand a campaign to increase parental involvement, which has shown in national studies to lead to higher achievement. The Milwaukee district faces shortcomings when it comes to increasing parental involvement, including a lack of measurement and tracking of parent participation, little coordination of outreach efforts, and low participation rates in technology and training for parents. Some educators say making parents feel welcome at school is essential to increasing their involvement.

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