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Chicago Board of Ed Turns Deaf Ear to Parents

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This editorial by Becky Malone, the leader of PAA-affiliate 19th Ward Parents, appeared in today’s Chicago Sun-Times: The monthly Chicago Board of Education public meeting is a farce. Every month, for seven months now, our organization, 19th Ward Parents, has attended the meeting to address our concerns regarding an unfunded longer school day and the lack of respect for our teachers and their craft. Under the illusion of inclusion, we have taken off work, found child care for our children, …

Video: Arts Education is essential and builds 21st century skills

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Hilary Frambes, a PAA member from Ohio, made this video about the importance of arts education, which is being cut from many schools. Please watch and visit her website for more videos and information.

Princeton's Commencement: how to really honor teachers

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Christopher Campisano, director of Princeton’s Program in Teacher Preparation and President Tilghman  with NJ teachers honored at Commencement: (from left) Enzo Paterno, Victorina Wasmuth, Dana Maloney,  and Daniel Kaplan. (Photo by Denise Applewhite) A few weeks ago, I attended my daughter’s graduation from Princeton University.  I was impressed with several events that occurred during the festivities.  First of all, at several of the ceremonies, parents were thanked by Princeton administrators, professors and the students themselves for supporting their efforts.  At …

Princeton’s Commencement: how to really honor teachers

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Christopher Campisano, director of Princeton’s Program in Teacher Preparation and President Tilghman  with NJ teachers honored at Commencement: (from left) Enzo Paterno, Victorina Wasmuth, Dana Maloney,  and Daniel Kaplan. (Photo by Denise Applewhite) A few weeks ago, I attended my daughter’s graduation from Princeton University.  I was impressed with several events that occurred during the festivities.  First of all, at several of the ceremonies, parents were thanked by Princeton administrators, professors and the students themselves for supporting their efforts.  At …

Connect, Direct, Solidify: Maximize Mass, Minimize Cash

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Lorie Barzano, Co-Chair, CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools), PAA affiliate and grassroots, parent led group representing 20 public school campuses in Austin’s urban core, which has a vision of quality, accessible public education for all. You can contact Lorie at coalitionsaus@gmail.com. These days, it can seem like a new charter school pushes to open daily, state legislators sponsor ALEC-backed bills on a weekly basis, local school districts propose a school closure every month and the school year does not end …

Sumter SC schools are being subjected to Broad-style corporate reform

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This post is written by Parrish Rabon, founder of our new affiliate, Sumter Education Task Force (SETF) in Sumter, SC.  She can be reached at parrishgrabon@gmail.com. Corporate education reform and its responsible parties (Broad and Gates) were introduced to Sumter, South Carolina, in a fast and furious manner last year.   Sumter County’s two former school districts consolidated to form the Sumter School District and our new school board hired Mr. Randolph Bynum, a 2007 Broad Superintendent’s Academy graduate. He began …

June 7th 2012

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Information and action for parents coming together to strengthen our public schools. Comments? Suggestions? Stories? E-mail us info@parentsacrossamerica.org. More at www.parentsacrossamerica.org. Looking for regular updates on key education stories? Join the PAA News list. Email PAAnews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com Another “Waiting for Superman”? Let’s challenge Hollywood “parent trigger” movie!    Today PAA sent around our “thumbs down” review of the trailer for an upcoming movie called “Won’t Back Down.”   First the corporate reformers tried to sway the public against public schools and teachers with the pseudo-documentary, …

The future is now, in Louisiana, if corporate reformers get their way

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Louisiana’s Governor is the radical right-winger Bobby Jindal, and its State Superintendent John White,  trained under the Voldemort of education reform, Joel Klein.  It has a state board of education whose most recently elected member is the state director of TFA, who ran a campaign funded by billionaire Bloomberg. Today, Diane Ravitch wrote about the philosophy behind Jindal and White’s privatization effort, a massive and hurriedly-approved voucher program to throw government funds at private schools, seemingly at random, no matter …

19th Ward Parents fighting for democracy & better public schools

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Parents Across America is proud to have a new affiliate in Chicago; 19th Ward Parents.  Their website is www.19thwardparents.com and their email is 19thwardparents@gmail.com . Becky Malone wrote the below post, about their fight to preserve and improve Chicago’s public education system – for all students,  and their campaign for an elected school board. 19th Ward Parents is a grassroots organization of Chicago public school parents.  We stand together with parents, teachers and community groups across Chicago in support of quality public education …

19th Ward Parents fighting for democracy & better public schools

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Parents Across America is proud to have a new affiliate in Chicago; 19th Ward Parents.  Their website is www.19thwardparents.com and their email is 19thwardparents@gmail.com . Becky Malone wrote the below post, about their fight to preserve and improve Chicago’s public education system – for all students,  and their campaign for an elected school board. 19th Ward Parents is a grassroots organization of Chicago public school parents.  We stand together with parents, teachers and community groups across Chicago in support of quality public education …