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Register for the PAA 2016 Leadership Conference in Philadephia!

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Meet us in Philly this summer! Parents Across America leaders will be meeting in Philadelphia from July 18-20 for our annual leadership conference. The conference is designed for PAA affiliate and chapter leaders and those considering starting or joining a chapter or affiliate. We’re going to Philadelphia this year instead of our usual Washington DC trip to better honor our founding member, Helen Gym, who is a newly-elected Philly city councilwoman. We’ll gather at the boutique Penns’ View Hotel, just …

Registration now open for PAA’s 2016 Leadership Conference

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Meet us in Philly this summer! Parents Across America leaders will be meeting in Philadelphia from July 18-20 for our annual leadership conference. The conference is designed for PAA affiliate and chapter leaders and those considering starting or joining a chapter or affiliate. We’re going to Philadelphia this year instead of our usual Washington DC trip to better honor our founding member, Helen Gym, who is a newly-elected Philly city councilwoman. We’ll gather at the boutique Penns’ View Hotel, just …

Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed film

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For less than $20, you can learn everything you need to know about the Gulen (aka Charter/Harmony/etc.) chain of charter schools and the Turkish imam behind the largest charter school network in the United States. The Killing Ed film is now available on dvd online. Our wonderful founding member, Sharon Higgins, is truly the star of this important documentary. Her brave and persistent digging into the Gulen movement and its power strategy was critical to public exposure of the sinister …

Parents challenge PARCC/SBAC test secrecy

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Are they hiding unfair, harmful testing practices? May 19, 2016 The following letter was sent to all members of the US House and Senate education committees: Parents Across America is very concerned about recent threats of legal action by the PARCC testing company* against an anonymous teacher and social media users who shared and discussed parts of a fourth grade PARCC reading selection.** The text was two grade levels above the test-takers’ grade and the questions seemed inappropriately complicated for …

No secrecy for tests used on our children!

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A teacher exposes the unfair levels of difficulty of the PARCC test Copied in below is the original blog post from the Outrage on the Page blog written by an anonymous teacher who offers a detailed and critical analysis of three specific questions on the recent PARCC 4th grade language arts test. Several advocates, including Diane Ravitch and PAA co-founder Leonie Haimson, linked to this post on social media. Diane’s post was hacked and removed; Leonie’s tweets were removed by …

NPE 2016 conference report

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We had a wonderful time in Raleigh NC at the Network for Public Education (NPE) conference.  It’s always great to see the friends and heroes we work with, and to hear about the many wonderful things people are doing around the US. You can watch many of the speeches and panels at http://www.schoolhouselive.org/2016-npe-videos.php We were also really happy with the workshop we presented, which you can view using the livestream video here: As part of the session, we asked attendees …

The merry month of May, part 2

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Another way to show appreciation for teachers is to participate in Screen Free Week, an event sponsored by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) that starts today. PAA supports this event for many reasons, but first and foremost because we hope to help raise awareness of the misuse and overuse of computer-based programs and testing and the excessive screen time our children are being exposed to in our schools. How do we support teachers when we challenge the take-over …

That merry month of May….

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…when the flowers bloom, the workers march, and the president tries to make everyone happy by proclaiming this week both National Teacher Appreciation Week and National Charter School Week. A Parents Across America appreciation of teachers comes in two forms. The first is below, the second is in the next blog post. PAA Teacher Appreciation Week Contribution #1 (a well-deserved slap at charter schools…): A reminder of a recent charter school scandal uncovered in March by the Chicago Sun-Times, which …

Another parent targeted by Big Testing

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Just how scared is the Big Testing cartel? Scared enough, apparently, to think it makes sense to make “examples” out of parents who speak out against the misuse and overuse of standardized tests. We told you last month about how Heather Hicks, the leader of PAA-Ocean County NJ, became the target of an entire cautionary presentation by the COO of iNACOL (the International Association of K-12 Online Learning) at a Pearson conference. The gist of the presentation was that “these …

What parents want to hear from the candidates about K-12 education

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Parents Across America agrees with recent articles (in Blooomberg Views here and the Nation here for example) that the lack of attention to K-12 education policy in the current election campaign is a major concern, especially given the disappointing results of recent independent national achievement tests which make it clear that years of corporate-driven education “reform” have failed our children. The Nation interview with Jane Sanders, wife of candidate Bernie Sanders, touched on some of PAA’s major concerns. However, we …

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