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Schedule of PAA presenters at October 2017 NPE conference

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The Network for Public Education is the nation’s foremost public school advocacy group. NPE connects all those who are passionate about our schools – students, parents, teachers and citizens – to preserve, promote, improve and strengthen public schools for both current and future generations of students. The annual NPE conference is a time when advocates get together to share ideas, challenges and successes. It’s a great time to meet face to face with people you know so well online (Diane …

Newsletter and Action of the Week for 9/14/17

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Thumbnail of the 9/14/17 newsletter (full issue here) Action of the week: Let’s disrupt DeVos’s “Rethinking Schools” scheme: 1. Send a letter to the editor 2. Learn more about Pay for Success and social impact bonds. Try Alison McDowell’s blog here. 3. Share this article about how DeVos undermined MIchigan schools, by PAA Board member Steven Norton, executive director of Michigan Parents for Schools. Tweet of the week: @BetsyDeVosED (re)thinking people reject your rhetoric, NO to Pay for Success NO to …

Newsletter and Action of the Week for 9/6/17

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Thumbnail of the 9/6/17 newsletter (full issue here) Action of the week: Share survey results with Congress. Tweet of the week: Welcome Congress back with this message – Listen to parents! Fund our public schools, no $$$ for charters, vouchers https://shar.es/1SQN9V  

Newsletter and Action of the Week for 8/31/17

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Thumbnail of the 8/31/17 newsletter (full issue here) Action of the week: Help for Houston Tweet of the week: A terrible teachable moment on climate change https://tinyurl.com/ybo4wf2n #HelpforHouston PAA News: Don’t miss Public School Shakedown’s back-to-school special. PAA President Dora Taylor is a “Progressive Education Fellow” for The Progressive magazine which features her most recent article, “Voucher Vocabulary: A Guide to School Voucher Programs by Any Other Name.” PAA founding member Pamela Grundy has just published “Color and Character: West …

Newsletter and Action of the Week for 8/24/17

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Thumbnail of the 8/24/17 newsletter (full issue here) Action of the week: Spread the word about PAA’s parent survey results. Tweets of the week: Listen to parents (add leg. twitter handle here)! PAA national survey is out today http://bit.ly/2vZfyw1  #ParentChoiceParentVoice (two more tweets in newsletter) PAA News: Summary of PAA Week activities

Newsletter and Action of the Week for 8/16/17

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Thumbnail of the 8/16/17 newsletter (full issue here) Action of the week: Get inspired by Helen Gym: An audio recording of the full teleconference is here, and a blog summary of the discussion is here. Tweet of the week: Get inspired by Helen Gym! PAA Week Day 3 discussion of politics & schools will get you fired up for the work ahead! https://tinyurl.com/y75eza2n PAA News: Last day of PAA Week, internal strategy session. Also, reaching out to survey contest winners

Newsletter and Action of the Week for 8/9/17

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Thumbnail of the 8/9/17 newsletter (full issue here) Action of the week: Get ready for PAA Week! Tweet of the week: Join Parents Across America for a week of action and discussion Aug. 14-17 #PAAWeek Join us during PAA Week! PAA News: We are very pleased to announce the unanimous election of Zerlina Smith from Chicago and Laura Bowman from Virginia and re-election of Khem Irby to the PAA Board of Directors. We look forward to a dynamic year under …

Newsletter and Action of the Week for 7/31/17

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Thumbnail of 7/31/17 issue (full newsletter here) Action of the week: Final day for PAA survey  PAA News: Laura Bowman, leader of PAA-Roanoke Valley, came across this good Slate article from January 2017, “Are Young Kids Doing Too Much Homework.” It quotes Laura at length and references PAA’s parent organizing toolkit.

Newsletter and action for 7/26/17

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Thumbnail of the 7/26/17 newsletter (full issue here) Action of the week: last chance to participate in PAA’s survey (now closed) PAA News: PAA-Roanoke Valley (VA) leader Laura Bowman speaks out on data privacy, SEL  

What are they rethinking?

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a short stealth tour of a handful of states this week with a demand that we all “rethink schools.” She gave Wyoming school officials less than a day to prepare for her visit, but 30 activists were motivated enough to turn out to protest her bad ideas. PAA’s interim executive director Julie Woestehoff, who lives in Wyoming (though on the other side of the state where DeVos visited), sent this letter to the main state-wide …

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