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Poor People’s Campaign event in Salem, OR, May 21, 2018

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PAA Board member and co-founder of PAA-Oregon recently attended a march organized by the revitalized Poor People’s Campaign. She shared the following thoughts on the PAA-Oregon blog, which we reprint here: I knew I was at the Poor People’s Campaign when I arrived at St. Mark’s Church in Salem, and in lieu of a $20 t-shirt which I can ill afford, I was presented with the option of a printed logo cloth and two safety pins to attach it my own shirt …

“Charter schools, you’re no Whole Foods!”: Parents reject “charter desert” ploy

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Press release *** For immediate release May 22, 2018 Parents say, “Charter schools, you’re no Whole Foods!” National parent group rejects charter school proponents’ cynical “charter desert” marketing ploy Contact: Khem Irby, PAA President, ph 336-508-2527 Julie Woestehoff, PAA Interim Executive Director, ph 307-288-1456 The charter school industry is worried – charter expansion is slowing down. To these privatizers who need continuous profit growth to survive, that’s a doomsday scenario. An April 2018 Fordham Institute report, “Charter School Deserts,” is …

PAA makes recommendations to feds on ESSA parent involvement support center selection

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Parents Across America comments on implementation of the federal Statewide Family Engagement Center Program May 2018 Parents Across America (PAA) is a national network of active public school parents, with 50 chapters in 26 states. Our combined years of experience and our expertise as highly involved and well-informed parents make us uniquely qualified to provide recommendations for the implementation of the federal Statewide Family Engagement Center program (SFECs), and we appreciate the opportunity to do so. Federal education law has …

PAA joins Google/You Tube FTC complaint

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Today, Parents Across America joined more than 20 civic and children’s advocacy organizations in filing a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint against Google for violating the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) in operating YouTube in ways that target, collect information on, and market to children without parental notification. The complaint asks the FTC to subjet Google to penalties that could total in the billions of dollars. The complaint details how Google, which owns You Tube, makes substantial profits …

In solidarity with the students: parents say, “Time’s up”

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March 15, 2018 – In light of yet another horrifying attack on innocent students, Parents Across America (PAA) calls on all parents to step up our efforts to protect our children, and demand our voices be heard and our actions respected. There’s no more time for being passive, or being intimidated by school systems, legislators, corporate education reformers and weapons manufacturers. They will not hinder our voices; we need to be heard. For too long, parents have been marginalized even …

In solidarity with the students: parents say, “Time’s up”

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March 15, 2018 – In light of yet another horrifying attack on innocent students, Parents Across America (PAA) calls on all parents to step up our efforts to protect our children, and demand our voices be heard and our actions respected. There’s no more time for being passive, or being intimidated by school systems, legislators, corporate education reformers and weapons manufacturers. They will not hinder our voices; we need to be heard. For too long, parents have been marginalized even …

Wal*Mart “wins” PAA’s first Bad Apple award

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PAA has selected Wal*Mart and the Walton Foundation as the “winners” of our first Bad Apple of the Month award. We know that Wal*Mart is the go-to store for many public school families. We understand that cost is an important factor, if not the main factor, in where many families shop. We get it. Bear with us, and if after you read this, you decide to reconsider where you shop, we will we will give you some alternative ideas. You …

Wal*Mart wins PAA’s first Bad Apple of the Month award!

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PAA has selected Wal*Mart and the Walton Foundation as the “winners” of our first Bad Apple of the Month award. We know that Wal*Mart is the go-to store for many public school families. We understand that cost is an important factor, if not the main factor, in where many families shop. We get it. Bear with us, and if after you read this, you decide to reconsider where you shop, we will we will give you some alternative ideas. You …

What are PAA’s Bad Apple and Good Apple awards?

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Each month, PAA will present a Bad Apple award to a corporation, program, individual, etc. we believe has caused harm to public education and public school families. We will also occasionally present a Good Apple award to a corporation, program, individual, etc., we believe has demonstrated noteworthy support for public education and public school families. The Good Apples are individuals, programs, organizations, corporations, foundations, etc. PAA considers to be supportive of public education in at least some of their activities. …

Parents Across America opposes arming teachers

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Parents Across America fiercely opposes any effort to arm teachers against intruders, an irrational plan that is clearly designed to avoid the essential, thoughtful policy decisions about gun control that most Americans want, and that must be made in order to more effectively protect our children from the growing threat of mass school shootings. Never has it been more obvious that the NRA and gun sellers value weapon sales more than human life, even the lives of children. President Trump’s …

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