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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 …

Maryland screen time bill moves to hearing

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(This post is a slightly modified version of an excellent essay by PAA Board member Deb Mayer, founder of PAA-Oregon.) Parents Across America (PAA) commends Maryland’s State Delegate Steven J. Arentz and the thirty-two co-sponsors of HB 1110, a proposal to protect Maryland students from the health hazards that medical experts have for many years associated with daily use of digital devices. We thank them for listening to parents and encourage lawmakers across the nation to do the same by …

PAA’s Bad Apple list

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(Our list is in formation as we begin this new program naming a Bad Apple each month. Please look at the bottom of this page for other similar lists, for further information, and to find out how you can nominate a Good or Bad Apple.) The following are the individuals, programs, organizations, corporations, foundations, etc. that PAA considers to have taken action/s that harm public school families. We don’t necessarily oppose everything each of those listed below have ever done; …

Letter to Zuckerberg: No to Facebook for Kids

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Today, Parents Across America and dozens of other organizations and experts sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to drop Messenger Kids, a new program designed for young children. The letter is below, and, with all footnotes and list of signatories, at this link. You can sign the related petition here. Many thanks to the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood for their work in getting this campaign and letter together. January 30, 2018 Mark Zuckerberg Chief Executive …

Our voices….our t-shirt….

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Last July, the indomitable Congresswoman Maxine Waters used the procedural strategy of “reclaiming my time” to prevent Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin from running out the clock with non-responsive testimony in an appearance before the House Financial Services Committee. Rep. Waters’ repetition of the phrase “reclaiming my time” in the face of a powerful person’s attempts to brush her off struck a nerve with many, sending those three words viral. PAA created a t-shirt to honor that sentiment, one that you …

3 fixes for tax plan: newsletter for 12/07/17

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Thumbnail of the 12/07/17 newsletter, 3 fixes for Congress’s tax plan – full issue here http://conta.cc/2Bdhrbo ; printable version here120717 Action of the week:  Call your Senators and Representatives to demand 3 fixes for tax plan: oppose expansion of 529 accounts (vouchers, private school tuition tax break) restore deductions for property taxes put back teachers’ supply incentive Tweet of the week: 3 fixes for Congress tax plan: 1) don’t expand 529 private school tuition tax breaks 2) restore state/local tax …

Newsletter and Action of the Week for 11/28/17: Reclaiming our time

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Thumbnail of the 11/28/17 newsletter, Reclaiming our Time for Public Education – full issue here; printable version here; 112817 Action of the week:  Support PAA and speak truth to power! PAA’s Reclaiming our Time for Public Education t-shirts now available here! Tweet of the week: Support a strong national voice for public school parents! http://parentsacrossamerica.org/reclaiming-our-time-for-public-education-giving-tuesday/ PAA News: PAA founding member Helen Gym reports that Philadelphia public schools have gained back public control.

Newsletter and Action of the Week for 10/04/17

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Thumbnail of the 10/04/17 newsletter, NPE Reflections: full issue here; printable version here Action of the week:  Help us thank NPE for hosting the successful national conference in Oakland. NPE is the only group that brings together hundreds of public school advocates in an annual conference. While working on a very tight budget, they also provided a variety of scholarships and other financial breaks to help with conference fees. NPE deserves our support. Tweet of the week: Congratulations to #NPE17CA …

Federal tax proposal bad for public education

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Here’s the fax we sent today to every member of Congress: Parent Voices Education Fax December 7, 2017 Public Education at risk – parents want federal tax fixes Dear Representative, Parents Across America recently shared with you a summary of the results of our first national parent survey, “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice.” Survey responses confirmed our concern that too much of the current education policy making happens without any meaningful parent input, and often in complete opposition …

Reclaiming our Time for Public Education – Giving Tuesday

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Last July, the indomitable Congresswoman Maxine Waters used the procedural strategy of “reclaiming my time” to prevent Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin from running out the clock with non-responsive testimony in an appearance before the House Financial Services Committee. Rep. Waters’ repetition of the phrase “reclaiming my time” in the face of a powerful person’s attempts to brush her off struck a nerve with many, sending those three words viral. PAA created a t-shirt to honor that sentiment, one that you …