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Join PAA webinar: Holding charter schools accountable

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Join PAA’s Dora Taylor and Steve Norton with Kyle Serrette of the Center for Popular Democracy in our May 5 webinar on charter school accountability Did you know that President Obama has asked for an extra $120 million for charter schools in his FY16 budget? The increase would bring the total amount of federal funds for charter schools to $375 million, a 48 percent increase over last year. Overall, Congress has spent $3,352,841,281 to create and expand charter schools. Yet …

The Impact of Poverty, Race on Educational Opportunity: materials

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On Sunday, April 26, PAA presented a comprehensive workshop on “The Impact of Poverty, Race and Cultural Bias on Educational Opportunity” at the Network for Public Education conference. In addition to our power point presentation, we shared printed materials with many of the key points, charts and data from the presentation. These materials may be used freely – we just ask that you leave PAA’s name on them. We want to thank Dr. Paul Thomas for bringing most of this …

Join April 8 national call-in day to #CutFedTests

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The Testing Resistance and Reform Spring Alliance, of which PAA is a member, is calling for a day of action for ESEA and testing next Wednesday, April 8. On that day we are asking you to call your Senators and, if you tweet, send out and retweet others’ Twitter messages using the hashtag #CutFedTests. Why should you speak up about ESEA? Reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA- formerly No Child Left Behind or NCLB) is moving …

PAA on ESEA

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Here are PAA’s ESEA legislative position papers, listed from most recent to oldest: PAA position on Senate ESEA proposal (Feb. 2015) PAA position on HR 5, the House ESEA bill (Feb. 2015) PAA position on a new ESEA: What parents value and how Congress should act (Feb. 2015) PAA endorses Michigan parents’ statement on ESEA and teacher preparation (Feb. 2015) PAA position paper on real parent choice (Jan. 2015) PAA statement on ESEA and testing (Jan. 2015) PAA on student …

What’s in this week’s newsletter? (3/12/15)

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We encourage you to subscribe to our newsletter by entering your email in the fourth box on the right>>>>>>> but if you missed this week’s issue, here’s summary: Actions of the week Sounds like a broken record, but ESEA is still moving — though a bit slower then first thought (it was supposed to be done by now!) and we need to be a part of the debate. 1) Use this handy form from FairTest to contact your Senators on …

Actions of the week for 3/12/15

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Keep up the pressure on Congress and ESEA! Yes, we’re sounding like a broken record, but the nation has been waiting for a new Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for 8 years, and we’re likely to get one within the next month or so, which means that the next 2-3 weeks are our last and best opportunity to have any significant effect on federal K-12 education policy for a long time to come. It’s real now, folks. What’s happening …

What’s in this week’s newsletter?

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We encourage you to subscribe to our newsletter by entering your email in the fourth box on the right>>>>>>> but if you missed this week’s issue, here’s summary: Actions of the week: 1) There’s still time to contact your Congresspeople on ESEA, and now is an especially good time to reach out to them on testing. Here are the details, and a handy form from FairTest to use to contact your Senator about grade-span testing. 2) Listen to and/or share …

Action (2) of the week for 3-5-15

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ACTION 2:  Listen to and share our great webinar! If you weren’t able to listen in on our webinar last Monday, you can catch up here, and share the link with your networks. If you were there, you might want to get a second look at the data and other resources we provided. We want to thank Dr. P.L. Thomas, who has become something of a mentor to PAA, for his significant role in the webinar. Also contributing were PAA …

Action (1) of the week for 3-5-15

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ACTION 1: Keep up the pressure from www.cagle.com on Congress and ESEA! Well, most folks thought the revisions to ESEA, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, formerly No Child Left Behind, would move quickly though the House and Senate and it would all be over by now. Didn’t happen. Apparently some House Republicans wanted stronger language favoring vouchers, getting rid of Common Core — and, if they really had their way, closing the Dept of Education itself. At the end …

Link to our webinar

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Last night’s webinar was informative, disturbing, and energizing! Here’s the link to listen in on the program for those who were not able to join us last night, or for anyone who wants to get a second look at the data and other resources we provided. We want to thank Dr. P.L. Thomas, who has become something of a mentor to PAA, for his significant role in the webinar. Also contributing were PAA leaders Nate Harris, who moderated the webinar, …

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