Spotlight on Parent Power Indianapolis: Aleesia Johnson and Teach for America

Posted on by Laura Bowman

From John Harris Loflin, a leader of Parents Across America’s Indianapolis affiliate, Parent Power Indianapolis: The hidden influence of Teach for America ideology on education in Indianapolis: A commentary on why Aleesia Johnson must not be Indianapolis Public Schools superintendent. Parent Power Indianapolis has published a commentary about the negative ramifications to Indianapolis Public Schools if interim superintendent Aleesia Johnson becomes the school district’s leader. They’ve connected the dots among Indianapolis’ Teach for America alumni (Indianapolis Public Schools interim leader …

Parents Across America’s Chapter Leaders in Action

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Deb Mayer, leader of Parents Across America-Oregon, is running for Portland Public School Director, Zone 3. While PAA does not endorse candidates, we’re thrilled to see one of PAA’s chapter leaders run for elected office, as several other inspiring PAA leaders have done over the past eight years. Deb has been endorsed by both Network for Public Education Action and Willamette Week. Here are Deb’s answers to the Oregonian’s school board candidate survey. Find Deb’s website and Facebook page, here …

Congratulations to re-elected PAA Board members!

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

We are especially happy to have four of our strong, accomplished, dedicated board of directors members back for another term on the PAA Board of Directors! Dora Taylor, Nathan Harris, Steven Norton, and Deb Mayer were recently re-elected to serve two-year terms on our seven member Board. We look forward to another year of PAA growth under their leadership. You can read all about these exceptional people here. From left, Nate and Carrie Lynn Harris, Julie Woestehoff, Dora Taylor, Deb …

PAA interim executive director to retire

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Julie Woestehoff, PAA co-founder and interim executive director, and the executive director of PURE for 20 plus years, is taking a well-deserved retirement at the end of this year. Julie helped established PURE as a powerhouse parent voice in Chicago, which earned her recognition as one of the 100 most powerful women in the city, along with a Ford Foundation team leadership award and regular appearances on the Today Show, Talk of the Nation, the New York Times, and other …

This is how we roll! PAAers share insider tips on school superintendent searches

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

UPDATE: Boston Globe article on continuing concerns of parents and others about superintendent search here.  Excellent letter from QUEST and other groups regarding needed process and participation for search here. A while ago we received the following request from QUEST, one of our Boston affiliates: QUEST is wondering if PAA members in cities where there has recently been a Superintendent search (for example LA and Seattle) have information about how the search was funded. Boston’s mayor recently fired our superintendent, Tommy …

Every Child is Precious

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Parents Across America was formed by public school parents who were not only concerned about our own children’s educational opportunities, but that every child receive a quality education. Our work is focused on advocating for each child to be recognized, served and protected as a special and precious individual. Yet our society as a whole clearly values and treats some children far better than others, a difference that falls mainly along lines of race and economic status. This is shockingly …

Poor People’s Campaign event in Salem, OR, May 21, 2018

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PAA Board member and co-founder of PAA-Oregon recently attended a march organized by the revitalized Poor People’s Campaign. She shared the following thoughts on the PAA-Oregon blog, which we reprint here: I knew I was at the Poor People’s Campaign when I arrived at St. Mark’s Church in Salem, and in lieu of a $20 t-shirt which I can ill afford, I was presented with the option of a printed logo cloth and two safety pins to attach it my own shirt …

“Charter schools, you’re no Whole Foods!”: Parents reject “charter desert” ploy

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Press release *** For immediate release May 22, 2018 Parents say, “Charter schools, you’re no Whole Foods!” National parent group rejects charter school proponents’ cynical “charter desert” marketing ploy Contact: Khem Irby, PAA President, ph 336-508-2527 Julie Woestehoff, PAA Interim Executive Director, ph 307-288-1456 The charter school industry is worried – charter expansion is slowing down. To these privatizers who need continuous profit growth to survive, that’s a doomsday scenario. An April 2018 Fordham Institute report, “Charter School Deserts,” is …

PAA makes recommendations to feds on ESSA parent involvement support center selection

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Parents Across America comments on implementation of the federal Statewide Family Engagement Center Program May 2018 Parents Across America (PAA) is a national network of active public school parents, with 50 chapters in 26 states. Our combined years of experience and our expertise as highly involved and well-informed parents make us uniquely qualified to provide recommendations for the implementation of the federal Statewide Family Engagement Center program (SFECs), and we appreciate the opportunity to do so. Federal education law has …

PAA joins Google/You Tube FTC complaint

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Today, Parents Across America joined more than 20 civic and children’s advocacy organizations in filing a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint against Google for violating the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) in operating YouTube in ways that target, collect information on, and market to children without parental notification. The complaint asks the FTC to subjet Google to penalties that could total in the billions of dollars. The complaint details how Google, which owns You Tube, makes substantial profits …

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