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“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 …


DeVos charter school-gambled with Michigan children, and everyone lost

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Please read and share this message from PAA Board member Steven Norton, executive director of Michigan Parents for Schools, who wrote… t I wanted to make sure parent activists from all over saw this article: “Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost.” New York Times Magazine https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/magazine/michigan-gambled-on-charter-schools-its-children-lost.html To understand what Betsy DeVos brings with her to Washington, you need to understand the fight we’ve been having in Michigan over school “choice” developed explicitly to cause local public schools to …


More charter school scandals: California district robs low-income public school to enrich charter school

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People in Marin County have learned that their school district has been funneling resources to a Sausalito charter school away from a nearby Marin City school that’s attended by a majority of black students, potentially segregating the schools in violation of federal civil rights laws. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that, “In looking at the relationship between the district’s board and Sausalito’s Willow Creek Academy, an independent charter school attended by a majority of white students, investigators found that leaders …


A California superintendent speaks out on charter schools

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The following was shared with us by our newest chapter, PAA-Marin (CA): 18 months into a highly contentious local battle over the conversion of a “district-wide program of choice” into a charter school, which included two unanimous denials by the local school board, and a unanimous denial by our county office of education, the Ross Valley Charter was approved by the CA State Board of Education. During its twenty year history, the district program had received many critiques, perhaps the …


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 …


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. …


PAA Webinar: How WA state activists nixed charter schools

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Join us on Sunday, October 25, to talk about the Washington State Supreme Court ruling declaring charter schools  unconstitutional! Parents Across America invites you to a webinar about the Washington state court case that declared state funding of charter schools unconstitutional in the state. Hear from PAA President Dora Taylor, a key advocate for the effort, along with winning plaintiffs, education professor Dr. Wayne Au and League of Women Voters education chair Catherine Ahl.  Topic: How Washington State activists nixed …


Link to charter accountability webinar

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Many thanks to Kyle Serrette and the Center for Popular Democracy for joining with PAA in last night’s webinar, Holding Charter Schools Accountable, which presented so much important information about charter school waste and mismanagement of millions of dollars every year. Lawmakers ignore this growing scandal as they continue to push for rapid charter school expansion. Parents need to learn the facts about charter school waste, confront our representatives, and push for common-sense reforms. If you missed the event last …


Join PAA webinar: Holding charter schools accountable

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Join PAA’s Dora Taylor and Steve Norton with Kyle Serrette of the Center for Popular Democracy in our May 5 webinar on charter school accountability Did you know that President Obama has asked for an extra $120 million for charter schools in his FY16 budget? The increase would bring the total amount of federal funds for charter schools to $375 million, a 48 percent increase over last year. Overall, Congress has spent $3,352,841,281 to create and expand charter schools. Yet …


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 …


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