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Why have national Hispanic organizations been silent on the common core testing’s negative effects on ELLs & Hispanic students?

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By Maria de Lourdes Pérez Ramírez, MA, President, Founder, HispanEduca, Inc. After a follower asked me if I knew of any legal action submitted or was pending against the common core standards’ testing to ELLs, I embarked on a search. I asked, emailed and called Hispanic national organizations. Unfortunately, not even national Latino/Hispanic advocacy organizations such as LULAC, NALEO, MALDEF, and others have undertaken a legal action against common core testing for ELLs. In fact, also unfortunately, most of these …

Parents oppose HR10′s increased funding for charter schools

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Congress does not seem to be able to agree on the proper role of the federal government in public education. They have not been able to agree on how to revise the No Child Left Behind Act, which expired in 2007. NCLB is now referred to as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), an act in search of substance. PAA has shared our suggestions for an improved ESEA, as have many other progressive groups and individuals that support our …

Welcome new PAA Board!

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We are delighted to announce the new Board of Directors for Parents Across America! PAA has been in a year-long process of filing for our 501c3 and setting up our permanent structure. The election of a 7-member Board of Directors is the next important step. Please join us in welcoming our new Board of Directors for 2014! Elected March 2014   New Directors Dawn Collins (Baton Rouge, LA – chapter, PAA-Baton Rouge) Dawn D. Collins, MPA is a political consultant …

Parents support Chicago teacher test boycott

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Parents Across America, Chicago-based Parents United for Responsible Education, and
 the Chicago coalition More Than a Score strongly support the teachers at Chicago’s Saucedo
 and Drummond schools and any other teachers in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois who are refusing to administer the Illinois Standards
 Achievement Test to their students beginning on Monday, March 3. 

 The parents represented by PAA, PURE, and MTAS oppose the misuse and
 overuse of standardized tests. We believe that schools across the nation – …

There’s a Train A Coming

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This opinion piece was shared with us by PAA Florida Affiliate leader Lourdes Pérez Ramírez. She writes, “Here’s an opinion piece that Rick Roach, the only school board member who has had the guts to take a standardized test and failed, and who also has the guts to sternly oppose these high-stake tests, sent me.” There’s a Train a Coming By Rick Roach, Orange County (Florida) School Board Member District 3 I’ve always tried to heed what a wise man once …

ACT: Hispanics are not for sale!

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by Lourdes Pérez Ramírez, founder of PAA Florida affiliate HispanEduca   ACT has been courting Florida for more than 4 years, making fun & enjoying students’ failure with FCAT. After all, money speaks, right @ACT? What an irony! The testing mogul is coming to a state where Hispanics are becoming the majority minority in many counties. However, in 2011 ACT (specifically ACT former Media Relations Director, Scott Gomer and former Communications VP, Rose Rennekamp) told HispanEduca’s founder, that, and I …

Gulen 101 with Sharon Higgins

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From Tim Furman, who made this video for sponsor Rogers Park Neighbors for Public Schools in Chicago, this is the recording of the recent webinar, Gulen 101: Session One, with Sharon Higgins. Please share widely. It was a good first session, both for people new to the topic and for those already knowledgeable. We’re having session two in March. You’ll have to adjust the sound from time to time; my editing time is limited and we were using multiple sound …

Standardized movie shown to 400 in Orlando

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An eye-opener: Orlando’s showing of Standardized: Lies, Money, and Civil Rights documentary By Lourdes Pérez Ramírez, founder of PAA affiliate HispanEduca More than 400 people and a nine-member panel made up of teachers, school board members, education advocates, and legislators gathered at Howard Middle School in Orlando, Fl on January 25 to attended the documentary Standardized: Lies, Money & Civil Rights — How Testing is Ruining Public Education. The public had the opportunity to ask the panel about a myriad …

Standardized movie showing around the US

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PAA’s Florida affiliate HispanEduca invites parents to movie screening Standardized: Lies, Money and Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education PAA Florida affiliate HispanEduca leader Lourdes Perez Ramirez invites every Florida parent to a showing in Orlando of the new movie “Standardized.” The screening will take place at Howard Middle School, 800 Robinson Street, free for all parents, on Jan. 25 at 1:30 PM. PAA members will be interested in attending and sharing information about other showings across the …

Parent involvement talking points from Parent Power/PAA-Indiana

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From Parent Power and Parents Across America-Indiana, prepared by John Harris Loflin Talking points regarding the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Preserving the public good of public education in an era of privatization and standardization It is impossible to make IPS more attractive than charter schools without opening IPS to public ownership, and thus the real participation of parents and the community in determining their own district’s destiny. Hence, the district’s work with parents must be understood as one of the …

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