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DeVos charter school-gambled with Michigan children, and everyone lost

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Please read and share this message from PAA Board member Steven Norton, executive director of Michigan Parents for Schools, who wrote… t I wanted to make sure parent activists from all over saw this article: “Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost.” New York Times Magazine https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/magazine/michigan-gambled-on-charter-schools-its-children-lost.html To understand what Betsy DeVos brings with her to Washington, you need to understand the fight we’ve been having in Michigan over school “choice” developed explicitly to cause local public schools to …

The negative effects of school closings

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It’s been three or four years since a huge wave of mass school closings swept across the urban areas of the United States, and the results are pretty conclusive: the school closings did not improve academic outcomes for students, did not save significant amounts of money, probably caused mental and emotional harm to many children, disrupted neighborhoods, and may be a major factor in the rise in violence in Chicago and elsewhere. And yet school districts like Indianapolis are still …

Welcoming Congress back

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PAA sent the following fax to all US Senators and Representatives today:   Parent Voices Education Fax September 6, 2017 “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice” Results of Parents Across America’s National Parent Survey 2017 Dear Senator/Representative, Welcome back! As your fall session begins and the new school year is underway across the U.S., Parents Across America wanted to share with you a summary of the results of our first national parent survey, “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent …

Get inspired by Helen Gym…PAA Week Day 3

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We had a great teleconference earlier today with the amazing Helen Gym, a founding member of PAA who is now serving as a Philadelphia City Councilperson. You can listen to the full audio recording here. We also heard inspiring, challenging stories from new PAA Board members Zerlina Smith and Laura Bowman, and a some pretty chilling background on Betsy DeVos from Steve Norton, another PAA Board member whose role as an advocate in Michigan has given him a front-row seat …

Get inspired by Helen Gym – PAA Week Day 3

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We had a great teleconference earlier today with the amazing Helen Gym, a founding member of PAA who is now serving as a Philadelphia City Councilperson. You can listen to the full audio recording here. We also heard inspiring, challenging stories from new PAA Board members Zerlina Smith and Laura Bowman, and a some pretty chilling background on Betsy DeVos from Steve Norton, another PAA Board member whose role as an advocate in Michigan has given him a front-row seat …

Read PAA’s 2017 survey report: “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”

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“Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice” Parents Across America’s National Parent Survey 2017 Executive Summary August 15, 2017 Parents Across America (PAA) recently carried out its first national parent survey, “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice.” Our goal was to hear directly from parents about what really matters to them in public education, and to share their voices with our political and policy making leaders. 584 people from more than 33 states responded to the survey. Nearly all …

Press release: PAA national parent survey results

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*** Press release *** for immediate release August 15, 2017 Contact: Julie Woestehoff, Executive Director, 773-0715-3989 The press is also invited to join a teleconference with PAA members to discuss the survey results. When: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 1 pm ET Call-in number: 515-604-9727 access code 728537# National survey shows parents disagree with lawmakers’ approach to education “Too much of the current education policy making happens without any meaningful parent input, and often in complete opposition to parents’ priorities and …

PAA national parent poll: Lawmakers’ acts conflict with real parent choice

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“Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice” Parents Across America’s National Parent Survey 2017 Executive Summary August 15, 2017 Parents Across America (PAA) recently carried out its first national parent survey, “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice.” Our goal was to hear directly from parents about what really matters to them in public education, and to share their voices with our political and policy making leaders. 584 people from more than 33 states responded to the survey. Nearly all …

PAA Week – Day 1: 3 easy things to do to impact education policy

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3 Easy Things   Since it’s still summer and school has not yet started for most of us, we’re going to start PAA Week off with 3 Easy Things you can do from the comfort of your home to have an impact on education policy! Find out who handles education in your Senators’ and Congressperson’s office. We usually urge you to contact your elected officials directly, but we also know that they all have legislative aides who do most of the …

Sample FOIA request

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The Freedom of Information Act (may be called something different in your state) requires government entities (publicly-funded bodies such as schools, school boards, charter school boards, etc.) to provide public information to anyone who requests it in a timely manner. Check your state’s attorney general web site or google Freedom of Information and your state’s name to learn any specific rules and parameters in your state. Government offices should have either a FOIA Officer, a Communications Officer, or someone else …