Monthly Archives: April 2011

Response from the Change.org "help desk" re deceptive Rhee petition

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Goldenberg’s earlier post on this matter is here. If you’d like to weigh in on whether change.org should continue diverting nearly ALL signers of progressive education petitions  to Michelle Rhee’s, promoting the elimination of  teacher seniority protections, deceptively entitled “Save Great Teachers,” send a message to ben@change.org and cc. nonprofits@change.org  Also check out Rheefirst.org on more on the Rhee record. from Michael Paul Goldenberg, PAA member to Change.org: You’ve likely received other messages informing you of the exchange I recently …

Ask Congress to reform NCLB now!

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The US Congress is considering how to revise No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the most important federal law that governs our public schools.  NCLB has been extremely damaging in the eyes of most parents, and needs fundamental reform.  Unfortunately, the Obama administration plans to make it worse in many respects. Parents Across America has developed our own blueprint, based upon less testing and privatization, more parent input, and a greater emphasis …

Regrets & clarification…after signing one of Michelle Rhee's petitions

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Michael Paul Goldenberg, a PAA member and mathematics coach in Michigan, responds to an email from State Senator Pavlov  (see Pavlov’s note at the bottom). He received this email from Pavlov after inadvertently signing one of Michelle Rhee’s Student First petitions on change.org, which are deceptively phrased to oppose the laying off of great teachers, but are really designed to eliminate seniority protections, destroy the union, and de-professionalize the teaching force. Change.org diverts signers of progressive education-related petitions to Michelle …

A Very Testy Town Hall meeting in Boca Raton

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by Rita M. Solnet If the audience had their way Thursday evening, I think the Don Estridge High Tech Middle School janitors might have found dumpsters filled with FCATs in a show of solidarity the morning after a testy Town Hall Meeting was held! U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch hosted an Education Town Hall in his hometown of Boca Raton, Fla. in anticipation of returning to session to debate and decide upon reforming and reauthorizing the federal No Child Left Behind …

Chicago charter-funding group will pay to improve failing charters

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To every thing, turn, turn, turn… Catalyst Notebook reports that the Renaissance Schools Fund – which is about to “turnaround” its brand name and call itself “New Schools for Chicago” — is going to budget a few million to “restructure at least a handful of low-achieving charters.” Does that mean it’s time to reform “education reform”? Wait – now, which is the status quo?? It’s so confusing. But, don’t worry. Catalyst also reports that the New Schools for Chicago folks …

Sign our petition to reform NCLB!

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The US Congress is considering how to revise No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the most important federal law that governs our public schools.  NCLB has been extremely damaging in the eyes of most parents, and needs fundamental reform.  Unfortunately, the Obama administration plans to make it worse in many respects. Parents Across America has developed our own blueprint, based upon less testing and privatization, more parent input, and a greater emphasis …

Sign our petition against budget cuts to schools!

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In states and districts all over the country, public school budgets are being slashed to the bone, and class sizes have increased at unprecedented rates.  Meanwhile, the US House of Representatives has proposed cutting federal aid to education by nearly $11 billion, which would lead to even larger classes, hurt millions of students, and cause the layoffs of more teachers and other critical school staff. Sign this letter to send a message to the President and your Senators and House …

PAA's Pamela Grundy at the White House

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Pamela is a parent at the Shamrock Gardens Elementary School in Charlotte NC, and a member of Mecklenburg Acts, an affiliate of Parents Across America.  She was chosen to be a part of the Mom Congress. by Pamela Grundy, cross posted at Seen from the ‘Rock The night before Barack Obama was elected President, I shook his hand. How that happened is a long and somewhat complicated story, but I won’t go into it now. What I remember best is the …

Union-busting budget-cutting Supt. to be appointed in Katonah NY!

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We have a terrible situation here in Katonah-Lewisboro, Westchester County, where Paul Kreutzer, a superintendent from New Berlin, Wisconsin, is about to be offered our  superintendent position in a back-room way by our school board and we have only until Tuesday evening to try to stop this. Kreutzer has done so much to harm his previous district.  It would take pages to detail, but among other things, we were told by the New Berlin union president that high school electives are now …

Is the Chicago honeymoon over for Supt. Brizard, before even starting?

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by Julie Woestehoff On the first day of spring break for the Chicago Public Schools, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel came out with guns blazing, drawing clear battle lines with Chicago teachers and parents by announcing that he will appoint Jean-Claude Brizard as the district’s Chief Executive Officer. Brizard has been school superintendent in Rochester, N.Y., for about three years, where he quickly became a divisive figure who recently garnered a 95 percent no confidence vote from the city’s teachers. Parents don’t …