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Student education records remain identifiable on OK state website

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2012 Contact: Melissa Abdo, 918.671.5656, melmartin@cox.net Student education records remain identifiable on Oklahoma state website. Oklahoma parents remain outraged by the disregard for student privacy and ask that records be removed from the state education agency’s website immediately. Tulsa, OK- More than a week after 25 students’ private educational records were posted on the Oklahoma State Department of Education website, parents are still waiting for those records to be removed from the Oklahoma State Department …

Parents give "Won't Back Down" movie trailer a thumbs down

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Press release * For immediate release June 14, 2012 Contacts: Leonie Haimson, Class Size Matters, NYC 917-435-9329 LeonieH@parentsacrossamerica.org Caroline Grannan, PAA member, San Francisco, CA, 415-412-5758 CarolineG@parentsacrossamerica.org Julie Woestehoff, Parents United for Responsible Education, Chicago, 773-538-1135 JulieW@parentsacrossamerica.org Parents Give “Won’t Back Down” Movie Trailer a Thumbs-Down “Parent trigger” reality distorted to fit corporate school reform message The trailer for “Won’t Back Down,” an upcoming film starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter and Viola Davis, shows parent power triumphing over bad teachers …

Parents give “Won’t Back Down” movie trailer a thumbs down

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Press release * For immediate release June 14, 2012 Contacts: Leonie Haimson, Class Size Matters, NYC 917-435-9329 LeonieH@parentsacrossamerica.org Caroline Grannan, PAA member, San Francisco, CA, 415-412-5758 CarolineG@parentsacrossamerica.org Julie Woestehoff, Parents United for Responsible Education, Chicago, 773-538-1135 JulieW@parentsacrossamerica.org Parents Give “Won’t Back Down” Movie Trailer a Thumbs-Down “Parent trigger” reality distorted to fit corporate school reform message The trailer for “Won’t Back Down,” an upcoming film starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter and Viola Davis, shows parent power triumphing over bad teachers …

Does CA charter deserve strokes or pokes for its attrition rate?

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By Caroline Grannan Parents Across America founding member, San Francisco Blogger Alexander Russo raised some questions about happy-talk PR by a K-12 charter school in Lodi, Calif., which put out a press release announcing that its first cohort that started at the school in kindergarten is now graduating — with only eight of the original 60 kids still at the school. Russo questioned whether that attrition rate at Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy should be discussed. Well, I’m the …

Mercenaries in the corporate reform propaganda war

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A mercenary is a person who takes part in an armed conflict, who is not a national or a party to the conflict, and is “motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party” (Wikipedia) How …

Stotsky: Coleman's 50/50 mandate for literary/informational texts

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The following was written Sandra Stotsky, one of the primary authors of the highly-regarded Massachusetts standards for English Language Arts.  Here is an earlier piece by Stotsky on the Common Core standards. It is amazing that one badly informed person could single-handedly alter and weaken the entire public school curriculum in this country, without any public discussion.  Indeed, David Coleman, author of the Common Core standards in English Language Arts, had no trouble imposing his personal preferences on a document …

Stotsky: Coleman’s 50/50 mandate for literary/informational texts

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The following was written Sandra Stotsky, one of the primary authors of the highly-regarded Massachusetts standards for English Language Arts.  Here is an earlier piece by Stotsky on the Common Core standards. It is amazing that one badly informed person could single-handedly alter and weaken the entire public school curriculum in this country, without any public discussion.  Indeed, David Coleman, author of the Common Core standards in English Language Arts, had no trouble imposing his personal preferences on a document …

Open letter re shocking violation of student privacy rights in Tulsa

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We received this message from Melissa Abdo this morning.  For more on this abominable violation of parent and student rights by Janet Barresi, the OK State Superintendent of Education, see Education officials post records of all students with appeals online and commentary by Diane Ravitch, Outrage in Oklahoma.  Unmentioned in the below is that all the students with appeals before the state board also had their appeals denied, while having their personal information posted online — a clear attempt to …

On class size, will the federal government listen to parents, as did NZ?

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The Obama administration has proposed that in next year’s education budget, 25 percent  of the funds available to school districts to reduce class size or keep teachers on staff be diverted to a competitive grant program to create and expand “new pathways” to teaching – e.g. to help fund organizations like Teach For America. That would mean a cut of more than $600 million, and if approved, would lead to even larger classes in schools throughout the country next year.  …

Grassroots or astroturf? Parents, be aware!

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Here’s just one example of the trickery that “reform” groups like Parent Revolution use to promote their school privatization agenda, from PAA-Florida’s Rita Solnet. Shirley Ford, a Parent Revolution organizer, while testifying to the Florida Senate Committee on its proposed “Parent Engagement” (parent trigger) bill, said that Parent Revolution was a grassroots group. Later, under questioning, Ms. Ford was forced to elaborate on her precise role with Parent Revolution, explaining that she was paid to organize parents involving the parent …