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Another scandal – charter propaganda on the test

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Today, with some help from me, Chicago Sun-Times education reporter Rosalind Rossi exposes yet another standardized testing scandal, this one on a Scantron test that was used several times in the Chicago Public Schools as part of an interim, or benchmark, reading assessment. Scantron is a national standardized test that CPS has been using for a couple of years as a computerized replacement for the quarterly Learning First and Benchmark Assessment tests. These tests cover a narrow set of skills …

An open letter to President Obama about Romney’s class size comments

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If you want to send your own message to Obama about class size, you can do it via his  campaign website. Dear President Obama: Yesterday, Mitt Romney went to visit a charter school in Philadelphia and got real push back from teachers when he said class size doesn’t matter.  A video of their remarks is below.  As a principal of a charter school pointed out, “There was a study done by the University of Tennessee, a definitive study about class …

An open letter to President Obama about Romney's class size comments

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If you want to send your own message to Obama about class size, you can do it via his  campaign website. Dear President Obama: Yesterday, Mitt Romney went to visit a charter school in Philadelphia and got real push back from teachers when he said class size doesn’t matter.  A video of their remarks is below.  As a principal of a charter school pointed out, “There was a study done by the University of Tennessee, a definitive study about class …

PAA highlights ALEC influence on North Carolina education policy

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Republican members of the North Carolina Senate recently introduced an education bill that bears the distinctive stamp of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). PAA affiliate MecklenburgACTS has taken a leading role in publicizing the origins and the implications of the bill, as in this story broadcast by Charlotte’s NPR affiliate, WFAE. In it, PAA co-founder Pamela Grundy says of the bill: “It’s not tailored to North Carolina, it doesn’t arise out of the concerns of North Carolinians. In fact, I …

Video: "Shock doctrine" used to privatize Philadelphia public schools

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Philadelphia parents, students and activists protest the radical restructuring and privatization of their public schools. Helen Gym, Parents Across America member, points out how  these proposals are an example of the “shock doctrine” — using the fiscal crisis as an excuse to hand over public goods to private hands, for their own financial gain.

Video: “Shock doctrine” used to privatize Philadelphia public schools

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Philadelphia parents, students and activists protest the radical restructuring and privatization of their public schools. Helen Gym, Parents Across America member, points out how  these proposals are an example of the “shock doctrine” — using the fiscal crisis as an excuse to hand over public goods to private hands, for their own financial gain.

Parent “choice” is not parent voice

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Parents Across America’s Response to Testimony before the House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing held May 16, 2012 “Exploring State Success in Expanding Parent and Student Options” Yesterday, a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing which was promoted as a discussion on “state efforts to expand parental engagement.” However, the title of the actual hearing (see heading above) and the testimony of three of the four invited speakers, made it clear …

Parent "choice" is not parent voice

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Parents Across America’s Response to Testimony before the House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing held May 16, 2012 “Exploring State Success in Expanding Parent and Student Options” Yesterday, a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing which was promoted as a discussion on “state efforts to expand parental engagement.” However, the title of the actual hearing (see heading above) and the testimony of three of the four invited speakers, made it clear …

PAA’s Sharon Higgins on 60 Minutes Gulen Charter Schools report

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My response to 60 Minutes’ piece on the Gulen Movement Those of us who have been aware of the Gulen movement’s stealth involvement in an enormous network of publicly-funded charter schools are pleased that CBS News finally gave the situation wide national coverage. However, the 60 Minutes segment broadcast last Sunday, May 13, left out a number of important things.  [NOTE: They (and you!) should be following @CASILIPS on Twitter.] What 60 Minutes omitted 60 Minutes should have independently verified …

PAA's Sharon Higgins on 60 Minutes Gulen Charter Schools report

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My response to 60 Minutes’ piece on the Gulen Movement Those of us who have been aware of the Gulen movement’s stealth involvement in an enormous network of publicly-funded charter schools are pleased that CBS News finally gave the situation wide national coverage. However, the 60 Minutes segment broadcast last Sunday, May 13, left out a number of important things.  [NOTE: They (and you!) should be following @CASILIPS on Twitter.] What 60 Minutes omitted 60 Minutes should have independently verified …