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Parents' secret anti-charter weapons: wit, talent, YouTube

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Parents in a tiny school district in West Marin County, Calif., just fought off an effort to charterize their school. You knew they couldn’t lose after viewing their musical video urging signers of the charter petition to rescind their signatures. Lagunitas School District Charter School Blues

Parents’ secret anti-charter weapons: wit, talent, YouTube

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Parents in a tiny school district in West Marin County, Calif., just fought off an effort to charterize their school. You knew they couldn’t lose after viewing their musical video urging signers of the charter petition to rescind their signatures. Lagunitas School District Charter School Blues

Parent Trigger flap over paid flacks vs. real advocates

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By Caroline Grannan Parents Across America founding member, San Francisco Recently the Obama campaign hired a staffer named Linda Serrato, who has been deputy communications director at Parent Revolution, the Los Angeles-based organization behind the Parent Trigger. Serrato previously worked for Obama’s past campaign and before that for Hillary Clinton’s, according to the Parent Revolution website. Parent Revolution didn’t try to conceal the fact that Serrato was a paid employee — it would have no reason to, as paid spokespeople …

Parents flunk Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 For more information contact: Leonie Haimson: 917-435-9329; leonieh@parentsacrossamerica.org Julie Woestehoff: 773-538-1135; juliew@parentsacrossamerica.org  Rhee report card exposes flaws in corporate agenda and failures to push through legislation in many states this year Parents Across America (PAA) unveiled a report card (in pdf and below) today that gave Michelle Rhee’s education lobbying organization, StudentsFirst, failing grades. The report card grades Rhee on her position on issues and on legislation she pushed in states across the country this year. …

Parents flunk Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 For more information contact: Leonie Haimson: 917-435-9329; leonieh@parentsacrossamerica.org Julie Woestehoff: 773-538-1135; juliew@parentsacrossamerica.org  Rhee report card exposes flaws in corporate agenda and failures to push through legislation in many states this year Parents Across America (PAA) unveiled a report card (in pdf and below) today that gave Michelle Rhee’s education lobbying organization, StudentsFirst, failing grades. The report card grades Rhee on her position on issues and on legislation she pushed in states across the country this year. …

Fact-checking "Won't Back Down" Parent Trigger propaganda flick

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By Caroline Grannan Parents Across America founding member, San Francisco With the star power of “Won’t Back Down,” this far-right-funded propaganda film — starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter and Viola Davis — may get some attention and reviews. For those in search of the truth, here’s a brief response to the movie’s version of events, as shown (so far) in the trailer. The movie purports to be “inspired by real events,” which would have to mean the 2010 Parent Trigger …

Fact-checking “Won’t Back Down” Parent Trigger propaganda flick

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By Caroline Grannan Parents Across America founding member, San Francisco With the star power of “Won’t Back Down,” this far-right-funded propaganda film — starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter and Viola Davis — may get some attention and reviews. For those in search of the truth, here’s a brief response to the movie’s version of events, as shown (so far) in the trailer. The movie purports to be “inspired by real events,” which would have to mean the 2010 Parent Trigger …

Another far-right-funded film, another false story about schools

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The far-right funders who brought us the anti-public-education, anti-teacher, anti-union movie “Waiting for ‘Superman’ ” are back with another fake story claiming to be “inspired by actual events.” This time they hired big-name actors:  Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Holly Hunter. The movie is purportedly based on the Parent Trigger, a hot fad among education reformers that was created by and for forces whose goal is to divert public money into private pockets, attempting to masquerade as a tool for …

Charter school battle erupts in rustic California hamlet

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UPDATE: The forces that were trying to charterize the school as described below have dropped the proposal. Note from Parents Across America founding member Caroline Grannan in San Francisco: Lagunitas, Calif., is a tree-shaded, rustic community in West Marin County on a road that winds from the suburbs north of San Francisco westward to the rugged coast. And now Lagunitas has joined a list of communities of all kinds and sizes split apart by battles over charter schools. Parents are …

Newest testing outrage involves pro-charter school propaganda in Chicago assessments

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 28, 2012 Contact: Julie Woestehoff, Parents United for Responsible Education, Chicago, 773-538-1135 Leonie Haimson, Class Size Matters, New York City, 917-435-9329 Pamela Grundy, Mecklenburg ACTS, Charlotte, 704-375-4222 Newest testing outrage involves pro-charter school propaganda in Chicago assessments Parents Across America leaders say “Enough is enough!” – call for an end to high-stakes testing, greater test transparency and parental opt-out rights A few weeks ago it was “Pineapple-gate,” a testing scandal exposed by Parents Across America co-founder …