Position paper: Why PAA opposes mass school closingsPAA-New Orleans chapter protests charter school discrimination against disabled studentsParent “choice”: Schools choose – students loseParents VotePAA marchers begin the SOS March July 2011Founders speak at PAA kickoff forum, Feb. 8, 2011
Position paper: Why PAA opposes mass school closings
PAA-New Orleans chapter protests charter school discrimination against disabled students
Parent “choice”: Schools choose – students lose
Parents Vote
PAA marchers begin the SOS March July 2011
Founders speak at PAA kickoff forum, Feb. 8, 2011

PAA opposes US Senate charter expansion bill S.2304

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Parents OPPOSE S.2304, the “Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act” Downloadable version of this position paper here. On May 7, 2014, S.2304 was introduced to the US Senate for consideration. The bill is currently in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. It is the Seante’s response to HR 10, the House version of charter school expansion legislation, which passed on May 9, 2014, on a vote of 360 to 45. PAA opposed HR 10. We also oppose …

Time for PAA’s annual leadership conference!

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Parents Across America is holding our 2014 Leadership Conference from Monday – Wednesday, July 28-30, 2014, in Washington DC. Please join us!!! The event will begin on Monday night with the first PAA Parent Voice Award Dinner honoring PAA co-founder Leonie Haimson, who led the successful attempt to shut down the student data collection corporation, inbloom. She is a warrior in the battle to protect student privacy. This dinner is open to the public; you may purchase tickets or make …

Help us honor Leonie Haimson!

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Join Parents Across America at our first annual Parent Voice Award Dinner honoring PAA co-founder Leonie Haimson, leader of New York City-based Class Size Matters. This year, Leonie nearly single-handedly organized parents around the U.S. to oppose the impending commercialization of student information by the inBloom company, which ultimately went out of business after every state on its original clientele list pulled out of the program. Leonie is also the founder of NYC-based Class Size Matters, a group dedicated to …

Agenda for 2014 PAA Leadership Conference

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Schedule for 2014 PAA Leadership Conference       Day 1 – Monday July 28 10 am to 6 pm (optional) – Join BATS march. More info here. Beginning at 8:30 am (optional) – Meet your legislators on Capitol Hill. Pick up PAA materials if you have not already downloaded them (location TBA). We will coordinate communications and visits as we get closer to the day. Anytime after 3:00 pm – Check in at George Washington University Inn (GWUI), 824 …

Re-segregation & the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Ed. (Part 1)

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By PAA-Suburban Philadelphia leader Danielle Schwartz, reprinted from her excellent blog, What’s the Big Idea? Politicians are ignoring research, allowing re-segregation, and supporting charter schools over public. As I posted here, economist, Milton Friedman developed the concept of school choice in 1955, a year after desegregation. Friedman wrote about his desire for parents to chose if their children would attend racially desegregated schools: ” Under (a choice) system, there can develop exclusively white schools, exclusively colored schools, and mixed schools. …

Resegregation and the 60th anniversary of Brown V Board Part 2

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By PAA-Suburban Philadelphia leader Danielle Schwartz, reprinted from her excellent blog, What’s the Big Idea? In President Obama’s Proclamation on the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, he confuses those of us who fully understand the fallout of this administration’s decisions and actions on public education. He states, “On the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, let us heed the words of Justice Thurgood Marshall, who so ably argued the case against segregation, “None of us got …

North Carolina parents call for end to test based retention program

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North Carolina Parents call on General Assembly to end Read to Achieve   Contacts: Pamela Grundy, Mecklenburg ACTS.org,  pamgrundy@earthlink.net, 704-806-0410 Janna Robertson, UNC-Wilmington Dropout Prevention Coalition, Robertsonj@uncw.edu, 910-777-1930 Ilina Ewen, third-grade parent, Raleigh, theewens@gmail.com, 919-632-2915   MecklenburgACTS.org, Fix Read to Achieve Now and a coalition of concerned North Carolina parents call on our fellow parents across the state to urge their state representatives to end the disastrous Read to Achieve program, and to invest instead in more efficient and effective …

Letter to U.S. Senators: oppose more money, less accountability for charter schools

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This week the U.S. House is likely to pass HR 10, what we call the charter expansion bill. Then it is on track to move to the Senate. So, now’s the time to contact your Senators and tell them that parents’ CHOICE is more resources for local schools, not more money for charter schools. It wouldn’t hurt to contact your Congressman, too – they haven’t voted yet! Here’s what PAA faxed to every U.S. Senator today (and you can send …

Free speech for teachers has been muzzled

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By Danielle Arnold-Schwartz, leader of PAA-Suburban Philadelphia I am grateful to live in a country where we have had First Amendment rights since 1791.  “This clause prohibits the government from banning speech because it does not agree with the message… James Madison pointed to freedom of speech as a vital aspect of a healthy republic. While originally written to apply to actions of the federal government, the Supreme Court incorporated it into state governments through the Fourteenth Amendment in the …

Portland school board member offers resolution for 3-year Common Core moratorium

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From Deb Mayer, leader of PAA affiliate Oregon Save Our Schools: Oregon Save Our Schools and other interested parties, with PPS school board member Steve Buel at the helm, has put together a resolution calling for a three-year moratorium on CC$$ in Oregon. Here’s the article in today’s Oregonian and the statement from Buel below, followed by the resolution, which Deb suggests could be used as a model by other communities. COMMON CORE PPS RESOLUTION Here is the copy of …

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