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Work around the nation

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Our latest group of affiliate reports comes from around the nation, from Oregon to Michigan to Florida. While these groups are geographically dispersed, they are tackling many of the same issues, emphasizing the need for like-minded parents to work together across the nation.   Oregon Save Our Schools¬†(OSOS) Website:¬† oregonsaveourschools.blogspot.com We are a group of committed community members that want to provide a quality and equitable education for all students in the state of Oregon. We are founded on the …

Northeastern affiliates move ahead

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  Northeastern PAA affiliates have been working locally, statewide and nationally to promote quality public education, focusing on issues that include high-stakes testing, student privacy, democratic governance and equity. Their efforts include an exciting upcoming event: QUEST in Boston is cosponsoring a conference on education reform and human rights, entitled “Rethinking Education Reform: A Human Rights Perspective” at the Northeastern University School of Law on November 6 and 7. Julian Vasquez Heilig will keynote. For more information, please visit the …

Action in the Carolinas

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PAA affiliates in North and South Carolina have had a busy year, and are looking forward to new rounds of action and advocacy at local and state levels. Public Schools First NC (PSFNC) Website: publicschoolsfirstnc.org Public Schools First NC is a statewide, nonpartisan organization focused solely on public education. Our mission is to educate and mobilize citizens in support of a public education system that equitably offers a high-quality, well-funded, and diverse education to all students. Since our inception in …

Where we’ve been; what lies ahead

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  As the new school year begins, PAA has asked its chapters and affiliates to provide descriptions of the past year’s activities and what they’re planning for this year. We’ll be posting these descriptions a few at a time, starting with our Pennsylvania affiliates, Parents United for Public Education and Yinzercation.   Parents United for Public Education Founded in 2006, Parents United for Public Education is a parent-led citywide organization focused on engaging parents with the budget process in order …

Why we asked our Board of Education to stop our state’s new tests

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This past Tuesday, a group of North Carolina parents and educators asked our local school board to stop giving a set of federally mandated tests known as Measures of Student Learning (MSLs). Essentially, we are calling on our board members to consider civil disobedience. It is a lot to ask. But we believe the situation is dire enough to warrant it. The MSLs rolled out this past spring with disastrous results, especially at high schools, where the bulk of tests …

Support for teachers in North Carolina

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PAA affiliate MecklenburgACTS.org joined several thousand other activists for the final “Moral Monday” protest against the broad range of ALEC-driven legislation enacted in the just-concluded session of North Carolina’s legislature. In a sweeping series of bills, state legislators lowered taxes on corporations and wealthy residents, while cutting education, health care, unemployment and a wide range of other programs. They also took aim at many basic rights, enacting one of the nation’s most stringent set of voting restrictions as well as …

Letter to N.C. Representatives on High-Stakes Testing

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Here’s the letter MecklenburgACTS co-chair Pamela Grundy sent to the members of the N.C. House Education Committee, requesting that they support a moratorium on high-stakes testing. Find more on the North Carolina campaign at MecklenburgACTS.org. MecklenburgACTS also published a piece on tests and zombies in the Raleigh News and Observer this past Sunday. Dear Representative, On behalf of many, many North Carolina parents, I write to ask you to support HB 775, which would impose a one-year moratorium on state-mandated …

How is a standardized test like a zombie?

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How is a standardized test like a zombie? They’re mindless, and they just keep coming.   The MecklenburgACTS.org “Stop Testing Madness in North Carolina” campaign is off to a great start, closing in on 600 signatures, and with almost half our state’s 100 counties represented. We’re talking to school boards, superintendents and other organizations about endorsements, and working on a piece of state legislation that would place a moratorium on state-imposed consequences tied to student test scores. This would include …

Fighting Testing Madness in North Carolina

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PAA affiliate MecklenburgACTS.org has launched a North Carolina-wide petition drive aimed at the high-stakes standardized tests that are doing so much damage to our children’s education. The petition builds on our successful campaign against testing madness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools two years ago. It calls on state legislators and school officials to reduce the number of exams required by the state and to remove all high-stakes consequences such as A-F schoolgrading and any connection to teacher pay. Our goal is to …

What it means for parents to support teachers

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Philadelphia parents are currently engaged in an active struggle against a particularly extreme form of school district “transformation,” which includes many school closings. Their actions have included a March 5 sit-in at the Philadelphia mayor’s office. Here are the thoughts of PAA founding member Helen Gym, originally posted on the website of the Philadelphia parents’ organization “Parents United for Public Education.” Helen notes that: “Last week’s release of the District’s teacher proposal was a clear wake-up call: School closings aren’t …