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How did some African-Americans get on wrong side of ed reform?

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Karran Harper Royal at the SOS conference, August 4, 2012 in Washington DC, discusses how some African-Americans got on the wrong side of education reform. And how an you tell if you’re on the wrong side of reform: Does the policy shut down open debate? Does it remove the democratic process? Do parents get to elect the charter board? Do the policymakers have to focus on a villain, in this case, teachers and unions as the bogeyman?  Do they insist …

MecklenburgACTS/PAA to Present Positive Education Reforms at DNC

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For immediate release: Sept. 3, 2012 Contact: Pamela Grundy, 704-806-0410, shamrockparent@earthlink.net Members of MecklenburgACTS.org and Parents Across America will be rallying and distributing literature at two events associated with the Democratic National Convention here in Charlotte. We will call on President Obama and other Democrats to reject the ineffective “reform” measures being pushed by well-heeled organizations such as Students First and Democrats for Education Reform, and instead join parents and education experts in support of a more proven, community-based set …

PAA’s Parent Online Toolkit for the WBD* movie and beyond

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Parents Across America is a network of active parents doing the hard work of change in our public schools. We know that our schools need help. Knowing what to do is the problem. Knowing what works in improving schools is even more important. We know that most parents don’t want to close their schools or turn them into charters. They want to improve their local neighborhood public schools by stopping budget cuts, reducing class size, de-emphasizing high stakes testing, offering …

Rally for Public Education Sept 3 & Sept 4 at the DNC in Charlotte NC

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MecklenburgACTS.org Our nation’s public schools face tremendous challenges. Parents, educators, communities and elected officials need to work TOGETHER to build the schools that will prepare our children to face a changing world. Unfortunately, too much precious time, energy and money has been sidetracked by policies that harm our schools rather than help them. These flawed policies have led to:             • Excessive high-stakes testing             • Demoralization of dedicated, hardworking teachers             • School closings and charter school policies that …

Rally for Public Education Sept 3 & Sept 4 at the DNC in Charlotte NC

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MecklenburgACTS.org Our nation’s public schools face tremendous challenges. Parents, educators, communities and elected officials need to work TOGETHER to build the schools that will prepare our children to face a changing world. Unfortunately, too much precious time, energy and money has been sidetracked by policies that harm our schools rather than help them. These flawed policies have led to:             • Excessive high-stakes testing             • Demoralization of dedicated, hardworking teachers             • School closings and charter school policies that …

What's happening in Santa Fe schools?

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Cate Moses, a Santa Fe parent, just sent in this comment, after reading the influential post by Sue Peters called “How to tell if your district is infected by the Broad virus.”  See also our Parent Guide to the Broad Foundation’s Training Programs.  You can also check out the new memo, recently disclosed, revealing plans by the Broadies to further expand their influence across the country.  Cate alerts us to a similar program, called the Harvard Urban Superintendents Program. Anyone …

What’s happening in Santa Fe schools?

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Cate Moses, a Santa Fe parent, just sent in this comment, after reading the influential post by Sue Peters called “How to tell if your district is infected by the Broad virus.”  See also our Parent Guide to the Broad Foundation’s Training Programs.  You can also check out the new memo, recently disclosed, revealing plans by the Broadies to further expand their influence across the country.  Cate alerts us to a similar program, called the Harvard Urban Superintendents Program. Anyone …

Meet the PAA founders: Karran Harper Royal

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This profile is part of an ongoing series of portraits of key PAA members. Karran Harper Royal’s articulate, impassioned advocacy for children has made her a familiar figure in her hometown of New Orleans and a sought-after speaker the national scene. In public meetings, government hearings, conference presentations, radio programs and television broadcasts, she cuts straight through the puffery that so often characterizes education “reform,” asking hard questions and describing the experiences of her city’s most vulnerable children in eloquent …

Why are tycoons, politicians pushing 'rigor' for preschoolers?

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By Caroline Grannan, San Francisco Parents Across America founding member An author with whom I collaborate as editor asked me to write her a brief summary explaining who’s behind the current brand of education reform. Her topic – and concern – is the increasing academic “rigor” being imposed on young children.  Here’s the question behind this: Teachers overwhelmingly – and parents generally – know that mandating academic rigor for young children is developmentally inappropriate. So if teachers and parents know …

Why are tycoons, politicians pushing ‘rigor’ for preschoolers?

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By Caroline Grannan, San Francisco Parents Across America founding member An author with whom I collaborate as editor asked me to write her a brief summary explaining who’s behind the current brand of education reform. Her topic – and concern – is the increasing academic “rigor” being imposed on young children.  Here’s the question behind this: Teachers overwhelmingly – and parents generally – know that mandating academic rigor for young children is developmentally inappropriate. So if teachers and parents know …

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