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PAA-Connecticut letter to legislators about Gov. Malloy's proposals

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Dear Members of the Legislature: We are writing to you as a newly formed Connecticut chapter of Parents Across America. We have come together, as public school parents from different communities across Connecticut, to support our children and the public schools that educate them. We experience first-hand the challenges facing our schools and our children. We know what works and what does not. What works to strengthen our schools are: proven, research-based reforms, sufficient and equitable funding, diversity and meaningful …

What parents can do during Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11

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The SOS March folks are planning nationwide actions during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11) and Teacher Appreciation Day (May 8th). You can upload a flyer with these same suggestions here. Share it around! Please especially note the 12th bullet point… Here’s what they are suggesting: Small cards, well wishes from our students, chocolates or a pencil holder are certainly welcomed by your teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Yet, to be frank, to truly appreciate your teachers as dedicated hard working …

PAA Austin TX Affiliate to host State Board of Education Candidates' Forum

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2012 Contact: Lorie Barzano, Co-Chair CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools) coalitionsaus@gmail.com barzano@flash.net (512)447-5577 CoalitionSAUS Hosts State Board of Education Candidates Forum CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools) will host a forum of the candidates running for the TX State Board of Education (SBOE) in Districts #5 and #10.  The state’s recently re-districted electoral maps split the Austin Independent School District (AISD) in half between the two SBOE Districts.  (District #5 runs south from just north of …

PAA Austin TX Affiliate to host State Board of Education Candidates’ Forum

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2012 Contact: Lorie Barzano, Co-Chair CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools) coalitionsaus@gmail.com barzano@flash.net (512)447-5577 CoalitionSAUS Hosts State Board of Education Candidates Forum CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools) will host a forum of the candidates running for the TX State Board of Education (SBOE) in Districts #5 and #10.  The state’s recently re-districted electoral maps split the Austin Independent School District (AISD) in half between the two SBOE Districts.  (District #5 runs south from just north of …

National Resolution against High-Stakes Testing

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The following resolution is modeled on a resolution passed by 405 Texas school boards as of April 25, 2012. It was written by Parents Across America, in collaboration with the Advancement Project; Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; FairTest; Forum for Education and Democracy; MecklenburgACTS; Deborah Meier; NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; National Education Association; New York Performance Standards Consortium; Tracy Novick;  Parents United for Responsible Education – Chicago; Diane Ravitch; Race to Nowhere; Time Out From …

PAA leader Leonie Haimson sparks Pineapplegate

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By Pamela Grundy If you spent this weekend chuckling or fuming about a nonsensical standardized test question involving a hare and a talking pineapple, you have PAA co-founder Leonie Haimson to thank. Leonie wrote the blog that started the media storm, highlighted the absurdity of high-stakes standardized tests and got the question pulled from the exam. Leonie, who’s worked on educational issues for years, was the right person in the right place in the right time. She’d been looking for …

NSBA President’s letter to Obama: please change direction!

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“…school board members and top educational thinkers overwhelming urge abandoning the current “command-and-control” federal educational oversight…driving us toward mediocrity….Mr. President, public education in the U.S. is on the wrong track. As we have moved decision-making farther from teachers and children, we have jeopardized our competitive edge and keys to our national success: our ingenuity, our openness to innovation, and our creativity.” Reprinted from the National School Board Association’s website. April 17, 2012 Dear President Obama: The night of your election, …

NSBA President's letter to Obama: please change direction!

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“…school board members and top educational thinkers overwhelming urge abandoning the current “command-and-control” federal educational oversight…driving us toward mediocrity….Mr. President, public education in the U.S. is on the wrong track. As we have moved decision-making farther from teachers and children, we have jeopardized our competitive edge and keys to our national success: our ingenuity, our openness to innovation, and our creativity.” Reprinted from the National School Board Association’s website. April 17, 2012 Dear President Obama: The night of your election, …

Andrea Merida on why Denver school board should reject Gates grant

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See video below of Andrea Merida, a member of the Denver school board and Parents Across America, on why they should reject a grant from the ALEC-linked Gates Foundation. [For more on this issue, see the Gates website ,including comments from critics.] In her message on vimeo, Andrea asks: Why are the Denver Public Schools accepting money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, especially when Gates also funds the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)? Gates is paying for ALEC …

PAA to USDE: Listen to parents, change your policies

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CONTACT: Julie Woestehoff (Chicago IL) pure@pureparents.org 773-715-3989 Leonie Haimson (New York NY) classsizematters@gmail.com 917-435-9329 Robin Hiller (Tucson AZ) rhiller@voicesforeducation.org 520-668-4634 Lorie Barzano (Austin TX) coalitionsaus@gmail.com (512)694-9747 or 447-5577 Parents Across America members meet with USDE, saying: “Listen to parents, change your policy direction.” WASHINGTON, D. C. – Several members of Parents Across America (PAA), a national network of activist parents, participated in a Parent Leaders meeting today hosted by the U. S. Department of Education’s Office of Communications and Outreach. …