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Sue Peters on the downfall of the Broad-trained Seattle superintendent

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Yesterday, Sue Peters, PAA founder was on the John Curley radio show, talking about the scandal enveloping the scandal-ridden, Broad-trained Seattle superintendent Marie Goodloe Johnson and her possible removal.- FM 97.3 talk radio in Seattle Tuesday March 1, 2011 – 9:00 pm Listen here: Sue Peters — FM 97.3

Andrea Mérida on Parents Across America

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February 15, 2011 Andrea discusses Parents Across America and education reform on Colorado’s progressive talk radio with Mario Solis-Marich on 760AM Listen Here: Andrea Mérida — 760 AM

Diane Ravitch will be on the Daily Show on Thursday; come join us!

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Diane Ravitch, the country’s foremost defender of evidence-based rather than faith-based education reform, will be a guest on the Daily Show starring Jon Stewart, this Thursday. This is a great breakthrough and reverses a long media black-out of opposing points of view on education issues. Please join Diane, other parent activists and me for a viewing party starting at 9:30 PM at the Benjamin Hotel to celebrate and watch the show together, in a fundraiser for Parents Across America, a …

Our new affiliate: Parents Across America -Spokane WA

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Spokane owes a great deal of thanks to Parents Across America and all the people who have worked so hard to save our public schools. It has been difficult to see the attacks on public education in this country, but it has also been inspiring to watch committed parent activists fight the good battle against corporate school reformers. We can’t wait to see this “Sleeping Giant” take off and we hope the Spokane chapter can be a part of that! …

Arne Duncan and Bill Gates: Dumb and Dumber

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On Saturday,  Arne Duncan warned governors about ‘dumb’ education cuts and then suggested even dumber cuts, like increasing class size: “Duncan also said that states should think selectively about increasing class sizes. The father of two grade-school-age children said he’d rather his kids be in a bigger class with a better teacher than a smaller class with a lousy one. He suggested teachers could get paid extra for getting a bigger class…” Now can anyone explain how that would help …

Teachers in low-income, high minority Denver school face the axe

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reprinted with permission from DeFENSE Denver Readers will no doubt recall that there has been a massive hostile takeover of six different schools in the greater Montbello area. For those that aren’t familiar, this is a neighborhood in Denver, traditionally predominantly African-American but now populated by large numbers of Latinos. Montbello High School will now be broken up into three different schools. The current high school, now dubbed “Legacy,” will phase out students one year at a time. The other …

Before you Trash the Teacher Unions…

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You might want to read this. How do states which allow collective bargaining for unions compare, academically, against those that don’t? More >>

Are You in Solidarity with the Teachers of Wisconsin?

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Gov. Walker of Wisconsin is bragging about having 19K supportive emails for his plan to axe budget and most collective bargaining rights for public employees like teachers. Give him a math lesson? email: govgeneral@wisconsin.gov and tell him what’s on your mind.

Save Our Schools NJ

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New Jersey currently has  one of the best public school systems in the country. Check out the policy goals of one of our newest affiliates, Save Our Schools NJ, formed  to preserve the quality of New Jersey’s public school system from devastating budget cuts and privatization. Save Our Schools NJ (SOSnj) is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization of parents and other concerned residents who believe that all New Jersey children should have access to a high quality public education. Our group …

Rochester's Community Education Task Force vs. mayoral control

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Check out the work being done by one of our newest affiliates, the Community Education Task Force (CETF) in Rochester: The Community Education Task Force (CETF) is a coalition of Rochester City School District (RCSD) parents, grandparents, educators and community activists, which was formed in January 2010 for the purpose of defeating efforts to establish mayoral control of the RCSD. CETF worked collaboratively with the Rochester Teacher’s Association (RTA), Rochester Association of Paraprofessionals (RAP), Board of Education Non-Teaching Employees (BENTE), …