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Parents Vote

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PAA marchers begin the SOS March July 2011

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Founders speak at PAA kickoff forum, Feb. 8, 2011

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Hear from PAA members how to fight back against corporate reform!

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Dear Friends: · Feeling overwhelmed by all the negative legislation and education policies being imposed by corporate reformers on your school or district?  Want to hear some advice on how you can fight back? Next  Monday night, Feb. 20 at 8 PM, Parents Across America will be sponsoring a conference call, open to all parents and concerned citizens, to brief you on strategies you can use to fight back against the damaging tide of privatization wreaking havoc our public schools. …

Hear from PAA members how to fight back against corporate reform!

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Dear Friends: · Feeling overwhelmed by all the negative legislation and education policies being imposed by corporate reformers on your school or district?  Want to hear some advice on how you can fight back? Next  Monday night, Feb. 20 at 8 PM, Parents Across America will be sponsoring a conference call, open to all parents and concerned citizens, to brief you on strategies you can use to fight back against the damaging tide of privatization wreaking havoc our public schools. …

Diane Ravitch: Do Politicians know anything about education?

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Here are some important questions that the media — and parents — should be asking candidates for the Presidency on down to local school board elections. Cross-posted at Nieman Watchdog By Diane Ravitch gardendr@gmail.com 1. Both Republican candidates and President Obama are enamored of charter schools—that is, schools that are privately managed and deregulated. Are you aware that studies consistently show that charter schools don’t get better results than regular public schools? Are you aware that studies show that, like …

Parents: make your voice heard on your state's NCLB waiver!

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Dear all: As you know, the U.S. Department of Education is offering a “waiver” of NCLB requirements (ESEA flexibility) to those states that agree to specific requirements. Unfortunately, these new requirements may be as onerous and expensive, if not more so, than NCLB itself. States must adopt new curricula, new tests, new sanctions/supports for the 15 percent lowest scoring schools, must link teacher and principal evaluations to standardized test scores, and instead of all students being “proficient” by 2014, all …

Parents: make your voice heard on your state’s NCLB waiver!

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Dear all: As you know, the U.S. Department of Education is offering a “waiver” of NCLB requirements (ESEA flexibility) to those states that agree to specific requirements. Unfortunately, these new requirements may be as onerous and expensive, if not more so, than NCLB itself. States must adopt new curricula, new tests, new sanctions/supports for the 15 percent lowest scoring schools, must link teacher and principal evaluations to standardized test scores, and instead of all students being “proficient” by 2014, all …

Rita Solnet: an open letter to Michelle Rhee and Students First

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This letter was written by Rita M. Solnet, one of the founders of Parents Across America, in response to a letter from Students First, asking her to support the so-called “Parent Empowerment Act,” a form of the Parent Trigger, which is really a stealth attack by charter industry to privatize our public schools.  See the PAA position paper on the Parent Trigger, here and here for the overwhelming rejection of this proposal by Florida parent groups. To:  Jeri Powell,  Students …

Wendy Lecker: CT should slow down on NCLB waiver

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See also NYC Parents for more on these damaging waivers; find out if your state is applying and if so, how you can provide comment. This column is cross posted from the Stamford Advocate. Last March, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan addressed Congress about the flaws in the No Child Left Behind Law. He called NCLB “fundamentally broken,” and said its “one-size-fits-all solutions” usurped the ability of local and state officials to tailor policies to individual schools or students. Moreover, …