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

inBloom officially closes

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After months of parent pushback on the threat to student data privacy, a campaign spearheaded by PAA co-founder Leonie Haimson of NYC’s Class Size Matters, inBloom today announced that they are closing their offices. We congratulate Leonie and all of the parents, teachers, students and others around the country who stood up and spoke out against the potential commercialization of our children’s school information. Here’s Leonie’s statement: Today’s announcement that inBloom is closing its doors  will hopefully make government officials, …

Why have national Hispanic organizations been silent on the common core testing’s negative effects on ELLs & Hispanic students?

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By Maria de Lourdes Pérez Ramírez, MA, President, Founder, HispanEduca, Inc. After a follower asked me if I knew of any legal action submitted or was pending against the common core standards’ testing to ELLs, I embarked on a search. I asked, emailed and called Hispanic national organizations. Unfortunately, not even national Latino/Hispanic advocacy organizations such as LULAC, NALEO, MALDEF, and others have undertaken a legal action against common core testing for ELLs. In fact, also unfortunately, most of these …

Parents oppose HR10′s increased funding for charter schools

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Congress does not seem to be able to agree on the proper role of the federal government in public education. They have not been able to agree on how to revise the No Child Left Behind Act, which expired in 2007. NCLB is now referred to as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), an act in search of substance. PAA has shared our suggestions for an improved ESEA, as have many other progressive groups and individuals that support our …

Welcome new PAA Board!

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We are delighted to announce the new Board of Directors for Parents Across America! PAA has been in a year-long process of filing for our 501c3 and setting up our permanent structure. The election of a 7-member Board of Directors is the next important step. Please join us in welcoming our new Board of Directors for 2014! Elected March 2014   New Directors Dawn Collins (Baton Rouge, LA – chapter, PAA-Baton Rouge) Dawn D. Collins, MPA is a political consultant …

Parents support Chicago teacher test boycott

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Parents Across America, Chicago-based Parents United for Responsible Education, and
 the Chicago coalition More Than a Score strongly support the teachers at Chicago’s Saucedo
 and Drummond schools and any other teachers in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois who are refusing to administer the Illinois Standards
 Achievement Test to their students beginning on Monday, March 3. 

 The parents represented by PAA, PURE, and MTAS oppose the misuse and
 overuse of standardized tests. We believe that schools across the nation – …

There’s a Train A Coming

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This opinion piece was shared with us by PAA Florida Affiliate leader Lourdes Pérez Ramírez. She writes, “Here’s an opinion piece that Rick Roach, the only school board member who has had the guts to take a standardized test and failed, and who also has the guts to sternly oppose these high-stake tests, sent me.” There’s a Train a Coming By Rick Roach, Orange County (Florida) School Board Member District 3 I’ve always tried to heed what a wise man once …

Part 3: High Stakes Testing and Opting Out: The Variables

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  The Variables High stakes testing has ramifications including ending careers and affecting communities by closing schools. Hence, we need to look carefully at the variables that might affect a student’s performance on a test. Teachers and principals do not work in a vacuum. They have students with lives outside school. Students live in a real world. The real world affects how they behave and their ability to focus in class. These factors include: English being a second language The …

Part 2: High stakes testing and opting out: The types of tests

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For the first part in this series, see Part 1: High stakes testing: A little history. High Stakes Testing and Opting Out: The Types of Tests  There are different types of tests that students typically take in a school year. One test the teacher creates and bases it on the information that has been provided in the classroom within a particular span of time. It provides information to the teacher, the parent and the student describing how much of a grasp …

ACT: Hispanics are not for sale!

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by Lourdes Pérez Ramírez, founder of PAA Florida affiliate HispanEduca   ACT has been courting Florida for more than 4 years, making fun & enjoying students’ failure with FCAT. After all, money speaks, right @ACT? What an irony! The testing mogul is coming to a state where Hispanics are becoming the majority minority in many counties. However, in 2011 ACT (specifically ACT former Media Relations Director, Scott Gomer and former Communications VP, Rose Rennekamp) told HispanEduca’s founder, that, and I …

Gulen 101 with Sharon Higgins

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From Tim Furman, who made this video for sponsor Rogers Park Neighbors for Public Schools in Chicago, this is the recording of the recent webinar, Gulen 101: Session One, with Sharon Higgins. Please share widely. It was a good first session, both for people new to the topic and for those already knowledgeable. We’re having session two in March. You’ll have to adjust the sound from time to time; my editing time is limited and we were using multiple sound …

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