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video: Diane Ravitch speaks out at the AFT convention

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Diane Ravitch, our movement’s standard-bearer for real reform, at the AFT national conference On July 28, 2012. Why value-added evaluation based on test scores is junk science, and why firing teachers is not a school improvement strategy. Essential viewing for all.

video: Mario Savio on whether education is a business

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Mario Savio, student protester at UC Berkeley in 1964, with his eloquent critique of treating education as a business and students as “products.” His words are even more relevant today with the near total domination of the corporate reform mentality.

Louisiana’s Worthless Accountability Plan for Voucher Schools

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Karran Harper Royal is founder of Parents Across America – NOLA and author of this column, cross-posted on her blog, Education Talk New Orleans. Karran is a dynamic speaker, an expert in many areas, including special education and charters, has been featured in this comic book, and has been invited to speak before the teachers union in New Zealand this summer.  This post focuses on the hypocrisy of the privateers like the Louisiana State Superintendent John White, who demand high …

Students1st offering gift cards to those making "pro-reform" comments

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Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst is well known for its deceptive tactics of posting seemingly harmless petitions calling to an end to student bullying, for example, or opposing firing good teachers, and then claiming all the people who unknowing sign them as one of their members. Even well-informed PAA members, completely opposed to the goals of this astroturf group, have been caught in her trap. See the below email just sent out by the one of the managers of the StudentsFirst Florida …

Students1st offering gift cards to those making “pro-reform” comments

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Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst is well known for its deceptive tactics of posting seemingly harmless petitions calling to an end to student bullying, for example, or opposing firing good teachers, and then claiming all the people who unknowing sign them as one of their members. Even well-informed PAA members, completely opposed to the goals of this astroturf group, have been caught in her trap. See the below email just sent out by the one of the managers of the StudentsFirst Florida …

Judge: Parents can't rescind "parent trigger" signatures

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By Caroline Grannan Parents Across America founding member, San Francisco Updated July 24 The parent trigger, an idea presented by the voices of corporate education “reform” as parent empowerment, won a round in court this week. Ironically, the court came down firmly in favor of disempowering parents, as the parent trigger’s sponsors had requested. The ruling by a California Superior Court judge decreed that parents who have signed a parent trigger petition do not have the right to change their …

Judge: Parents can’t rescind “parent trigger” signatures

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By Caroline Grannan Parents Across America founding member, San Francisco Updated July 24 The parent trigger, an idea presented by the voices of corporate education “reform” as parent empowerment, won a round in court this week. Ironically, the court came down firmly in favor of disempowering parents, as the parent trigger’s sponsors had requested. The ruling by a California Superior Court judge decreed that parents who have signed a parent trigger petition do not have the right to change their …

Video: ALEC's plot to raid our schools through virtual learning

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Parents Across America was one of the first organizations to shine a light on the nefarious activities of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council which promotes privatization of our schools, through charters, vouchers, and online learning. See the new video below, starring Karran Harper Royal, one of PAA’s founders, about how ALEC is pushing substandard virtual learning in state legislatures throughout the country, in order to reap huge corporate profits for the privateers and defraud our kids.

Video: ALEC’s plot to raid our schools through virtual learning

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Parents Across America was one of the first organizations to shine a light on the nefarious activities of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council which promotes privatization of our schools, through charters, vouchers, and online learning. See the new video below, starring Karran Harper Royal, one of PAA’s founders, about how ALEC is pushing substandard virtual learning in state legislatures throughout the country, in order to reap huge corporate profits for the privateers and defraud our kids.

Are charter schools the answer to – or one reason for – Chicago’s violence?

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Twenty-four students were fatally shot during the school year that ended June 15, four fewer than in the 2010-11 year. But the overall shooting toll — 319 — was the highest in four years and a nearly 22 percent increase from the previous school year. The rise in shootings of CPS students compounds concerns over an alarming increase in the city’s homicide rate. Through June 17, homicides are up about 38 percent citywide this year compared with the same period in …