Karen White and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams
Karyn White, of Northfield, participated in NBC’s Education Nation summit's closing event hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.

Karyn White strongly believes that parents — not just teachers — are responsible for their children’s education. And she is leading by example.

The 40-year-old Northfield Board of Education member, mother of two and part-time legal practitioner recently returned from New York, where she was one of two moms selected nationwide by Parenting Magazine to be a delegate at NBC’s Education Nation summit.

Her recent trip followed a spring trek to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where the magazine chose her to be New Jersey’s delegate for its Mom Congress after she entered an essay contest in which she wrote about how parental involvement is crucial in education.

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In New York, White attended several panels and participated in the closing event hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. White, along with teachers, principals and others “took it to the policymakers,” she said, addressing Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, senators, congressman and others regarding education.

During the mock congressional hearing, White stressed the importance of parental involvement and offered suggestions, including making parents more powerful in the decision-making process while keeping them better informed.

“I think Northfield has good policies to get parents involved, but we’re always looking for ways to do it better, and so should other school districts,” said White. “I think parents are intimidated by the system, and we need to find ways to make it easier to get them involved. Schools should put higher expectations on parents.”

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