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What’s NOT in the Won’t Back Down Movie

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Today’s Washington Post Answer Sheet offers this common-sense response to the Won’t Back Down movie written by Rita Solnet, a founding member of Parents Across America. Rita went  to a screening  of the film yesterday and had this reaction to what she didn’t see: I didn’t see parents talking to teachers to help improve the school. No sign or talk of School Advisory Councils, of PTAs, not even parent friends talking to each other over coffee about how they could organize …

Parent leaders hail the President’s focus on the need for smaller classes

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For Immediate Release: August 19, 2012 For more information: Leonie Haimson (NY): 917-435-9329; leonie@classsizematters.org Pamela Grundy (NC): 407-375-4222; shamrockparent@earthlink.net . Robin Hiller (AZ): 520-668-4634; rhiller@voicesforeducation.org Wendy Lecker (CT): 203-536-7567; paaconnecticut@gmail.com Becky Malone (IL); 773- 793-0355; wats7573@aol.com Karen Miller (TX): 281-893-8877; 832-372-4742; kmillerpta@aol.com Julie Woestehoff (IL): 773 -715-3989; pure@pureparents.org Parent leaders hail the President’s focus on the need for smaller classes Parent leaders throughout the nation thank President Obama for recognizing the importance of class size in his weekly address, and …

From Oregon SOS: Why We Need to Move Away From High-Stakes Testing

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This is Oregon SOS’s latest blog post about high stakes testing — a response to a newspaper opinion piece by Sue Levin of Oregon Stand for Children” In response to Sue Levin’s commentary in the Oregonian on July 31st regarding high-stakes testing, the real question shouldn’t be how many times does a student test, but rather why have high-stakes testing at all? All of the nation’s best testing experts say that testing should not be used to make high stakes …

Meet the PAA founders: Leonie Haimson

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This profile is part of an ongoing series of portraits of key PAA members. In the beginning, there was Leonie Haimson. Leonie was a key force in the creation of Parents Across America, and remains at the heart of our activities. From her computer in her Greenwich Village office, she writes, researches, and stays in touch with activists and reporters across the country. After more than a decade of educational work, she has become an expert in the ins and …

What Parents need to know: FAQ “Won’t Back Down” & Parent Trigger

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On Tuesday, August 14 a Concert called TEACHERS ROCK, presented by Walmart  & promoting the movie “Won’t Back Down” will be held in LA: with appearances from Carrie Underwood, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Garner, Matthew Morrison, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Usher, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and others. On Friday, August 17 the concert will be aired on CBS. The movie itself, “Won’t Back Down,” will premiere September 28. This film already has sparked much controversy.  Below see an FAQ explaining why.  …

What Parents need to know: FAQ “Won’t Back Down” & Parent Trigger

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On Tuesday, August 14 a Concert called TEACHERS ROCK, presented by Walmart  & promoting the movie “Won’t Back Down” will be held in LA: with appearances from Carrie Underwood, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Garner, Matthew Morrison, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Usher, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and others. On Friday, August 17 the concert will be aired on CBS. The movie itself, “Won’t Back Down,” will premiere September 28. This film already has sparked much controversy.  Below see an FAQ explaining why.  …

Beyond the parent trigger hype & propaganda: Just the Facts

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This fact sheet is also available as a downloadable pdf. Researched by Caroline Grannan, San Francisco Parents Across America founding member 1. There have been no successful parent triggers anywhere. Only two parent triggers have been attempted, both in Southern California. [i] 2. The organization that created the parent trigger, Parent Revolution, organized both of those campaigns.[ii] 3. Parent Revolution has been inaccurately described as “grassroots” and as founded by concerned mothers. Actually, Parent Revolution was created by charter school …

Beyond the parent trigger hype & propaganda: Just the Facts

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This fact sheet is also available as a downloadable pdf. Researched by Caroline Grannan, San Francisco Parents Across America founding member 1. There have been no successful parent triggers anywhere. Only two parent triggers have been attempted, both in Southern California. [i] 2. The organization that created the parent trigger, Parent Revolution, organized both of those campaigns.[ii] 3. Parent Revolution has been inaccurately described as “grassroots” and as founded by concerned mothers. Actually, Parent Revolution was created by charter school …

Time to tweet the stars!

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The propaganda campaign for the parent trigger law created by charter school operators and promoted by ALEC is in full swing. The big kick-off event is a concert called “Teachers Rock.” Like the “parent tricker” itself, this concert pretends to honor teachers while promoting a movie, “Won’t Back Down,” that is designed to get a lot of them fired and replaced by Teach for America newbies. The concert will take place this Tuesday, Aug, 14th, at the Nokia Theater in …

video: Karran Harper Royal and Jose Vilson at Netroots 2012

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Karran Harper Royal, parent advocate and a founding member of Parents Across America and PAA-NOLA, speaks at Netroots 2012 about how the model of privatization of education in New Orleans is not a model to be replicated and how she is organizing resistance to this myth. In addition, Jose Vilson talks about how the public release of the teacher data reports has helped mobilize teachers and anti-testing advocates in NYC.