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

How did your state do? Finally, a report card for us!

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We so used to hearing about the education-related report cards the corporate reform world is always giving out. Achieve just released its state-by-state “honesty gap” report comparing state test scores with NAEP national test scores. ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, gives the best report card grades to states that privatize schools, test students often, and fire a lot of teachers. These reports are simply not helpful, serving only to promote the anti-public education political agenda. Fortunately, the Network for …

PAA calls for an end to test-based teacher evaluation

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PAA Policy Brief: End Test-based Teacher Evaluation Parents call for states to take back control of teacher evaluation, end misuse of test scores The Every Student Succeeds Act, which became law in December, has given states new control over education policy. Parents across the nation call on state policy-makers to use their restored authority to rein in the high-stakes standardized testing that plagues American education. Washington still requires annual reading and math tests in grades 3-8, science tests in grades …

Fact sheets on the Impact of Poverty, Race and Cultural Bias on Educational Opportunity

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PAA has collected a set of fact sheets that vividly demonstrate the impact of poverty, race and cultural bias on educational opportunity. What these facts show is that: There is no “level playing field.” Corporate reformers and many elected officials have us fighting the wrong war – a war against public education — rather than addressing the real problems of poverty and racism. ESEA/ESSA has taken us down the wrong road There are programs and approaches supported by parents that …

PAA Policy Brief: The Impact of Poverty, Race and Cultural Bias on Educational Opportunity*

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The wrong war The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka No Child Left Behind or NCLB) was designed as an integral part of the War on Poverty. The law has warped into a tool to undermine and privatize public education and do away with teachers unions. This “war on public schools,” meanwhile, has failed to significantly raise student achievement or narrow achievement gaps. In fact, students made greater gains prior to NCLB. It remains to be seen if the newly- …

PAA leaders walking the walk in 2016

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Several PAA leaders have been stepping up to the plate of public service lately, and we are SO proud! PAA founding member Helen Gym has already taken office as councilwoman-at-large in Philadelphia. Helen ran on a platform of support for well-funded, democratically-run public schools. Can’t wait to see what she does! Former PAA Board of Directors member Dawn Collins is running for school board in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with this platform: I support the expansion of sensible, research-based reforms …

Virginia PAA leader cautions against charter school expansion

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Laura Bowman, leader of PAA-Roanoke Valley in Virginia, recently published an excellent essay in the Roanoke Times which was picked up by other news organizations, and resulted in an invitation from the Fairfax Education Association to testify with them at the General Assembly and participate in a press conference. Laura wrote, There is a reason for the proliferation of charter schools in this country, and it has little to do with the education and well-being of children, and much to …

Parent Power in Indiana

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From John Harris Loflin, a leader of PAA Indianapolis affiliate Parent Power: Like PAA members and supporters, the B&LPI and Parent Power in Indianapolis know the importance of viable and authentic parent-teacher relationships to school success. This is why we are working with the IUPUI School of Education to bring in Dr. Edward Olivos. He has a unique way of looking at teacher-parent relationships and participation the community must consider. The Black & Latino Policy Institute (www.bl-pi.org) will present a …

A bad week for corporate reform

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The news was so bad last week for privatizers and the testing industry that we had to make sure our representatives in Congress didn’t miss any of it as they move to finalize ESEA. Thanks to Jeff Bryant of the Educational Opportunity Network for pulling these news items all together in one place for us. We sent the following fax out to the full Congress. You can cut and paste it from here or download a pdf here to share …

PAA responds to President Obama’s letter on testing

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On Monday, President Obama published an open letter to parents and teachers about testing. The letter introduced his administration’s new Testing Action Plan which is supposed to fix the problems of excessive testing. The plan defines a set of testing principles for states and school districts to follow to make for “fewer and smarter” tests. The President invited us to respond to this plan. We shared our response today (see below or download our letter here). We agree with Diane …

Links to PAA charter school webinar and slide show

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Hi Folks- If you missed our Oct. 25 webinar on the Washington State Supreme Court ruling that charter school funding in the state is unconstitutional, you can watch the 45-minute video here and review the full slide show presentation here. Many thanks to panelists Dr. Wayne Au and the League of Women Voters – WA State’s Catherine Ahl for sharing their expertise with our audience. PAA President Dora Taylor moderated the meeting and shared lots of good information as well. …

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