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PAA’s Karran Harper Royal and others to testify in DC on school closings’ discriminatory impact

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013 MEDIA ALERT  18 CITIES CONVERGE IN WASHINGTON D.C ON “JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE,” CALLING ON DEPT. OF EDUCATION TO END DISCRIMINATORY CLOSINGS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS National Movement Forms In Wake Of Mass School Closings & Turnarounds That Violate Civil Rights & Promote Divestment In Low-Income Communities Of Color WHAT:  Students, parents and advocacy representatives from 18 major United States cities will testify at a hearing before the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. …

PAA to co-host Indiana 4-state action planning meeting

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UPDATED 1/31/13 Attention public education supporters in: OHIO    MICHIGAN    INDIANA    ILLINOIS Would you like to join with others in our 4-state region in coordinated action to support our public schools? Parents Across America, in cooperation with many local groups, invites you to “Public Schools Across America,” a 4-state Regional Action Planning Meeting. Across the country, there is a rising chorus of protest against corporate-style school reform. Parents, teachers, students, principals, superintendents, scholars, school board members, civil rights …

Parents Across America Seattle supports Garfield High School teachers’ principled opposition to the costly and inaccurate MAP test

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Parents Across America is pleased to endorse the position statement of Parents Across America-Seattle in support of the Garfield High School teachers’ principled opposition to the costly and inaccurate MAP® test. Here’s PAA-Seattle’s statement: Parents Across America, Seattle, fully support and applaud the Garfield High School teaching staff in their refusal to administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)  test to their students. The teachers at Garfield, one of the district’s most respected high schools, have taken a thoughtful, principled stand …

Jan. 27 Testing Webcast with Fair Test Monty Neill, United Opt Out’s Tim Slekar and Shaun Johnson with special guest Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian on high stakes testing and opting out

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Listen to the webinar here! ++++ The term “high stakes testing” refers to standardized tests that are taken by students and used to evaluate a teacher and/or principal’s performance or that of a school. Many times these tests have been used more as a weapon rather than a tool, causing the wholesale firing of teachers and the closing of schools, many times converting those closed schools into charter schools. This type of testing also creates additional stress for students who …

PAA Mass affiliate writes letter of support for Seattle teachers

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CPS supports Seattle’s Garfield High Teachers: Test Boycott is Courageous Stand for Students, Against Test Abuse Citizens for Public Schools Issues Statement Supporting Seattle’s Garfield High Teachers: “Test Boycott is Courageous Stand for Students, Against Test Abuse” We, the members of Citizens for Public Schools, stand with the teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle for their courageous move to boycott district-mandated Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests. We respect the Garfield teachers for saying no to the escalating use …

PAA’s Wendy Lecker finds a superintendent to speak out

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We have a winner! In my last column, I made a simple plea for one Connecticut superintendent to speak out about the dangers of Connecticut’s over-emphasis on high-stakes standardized testing. Diane Ravitch, the nationally noted author, education historian and former Assistant Secretary of Education, posted my column on her blog and one courageous superintendent stood up — Thomas Scarice, of Madison. The story of how Superintendent Scarice and his community crafted the district’s recommendations for its teacher evaluation plan is …

“New market tax credits” and charter schools

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Following up on our “Master Class” story about hedge funders and the “education sector”: Two years ago, New York Daily News reporter Juan Gonzalez exposed a little known federal tax break, new market tax credits, in which wealthy investors and major banks have been making windfall profits, nearly doubling their investment in seven years. Numerous charter companies as well as banks have participated in this lucrative deal including Imagine Schools, Green Dot, Brighter Choice, KIPP and Andre Agassi schools. See also …

Show us the money: “Master Class” for private equity investors in public education

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Even when people recognize how hard corporations are working to take over public education, they still wonder – is there really that much money to be made in education? Maybe the hedge funders are really doing all this just to help children. It’s a natural question given the fact that teachers are modestly paid and schools are mostly underfunded, hardly one’s idea of a lucrative investment opportunity. Well, the private equity investor drool is on full display in this “Master …

K-12 Aid Faces Uncertain Future, Despite ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal

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As first appeared in Education Week, Politics K-12 Blog, January 1, 2013. Reprinted with permission from Editorial Projects in Education. By Alyson Klein on January 1, 2013 3:02 PM UPDATED Education programs will be spared the prospect of the largest across-the-board cuts in history, but only temporarily, under a bill to avert much of the so-called “fiscal cliff,” overwhelmingly approved by Congress on Tuesday. The measure, which passed the U.S. Senate 89-8 early Tuesday morning and the U.S. House 257-167 …

Join the Journey for Justice!

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Please Join Us as We Work to Send Parents and Students To Testify! Attend the Save Our Schools Webinar and Fundraiser –  Journey For Justice 2 Education Organizers  Jitu Brown, Karran Harper Royal, and Zakiyah Ansari On the birthdate of the honorable Civil Rights Leader, Doctor Martin Luther King Tuesday, January 15, 2013 8:30 PM Eastern Time [ET] REGISTER HERE The time is now!  If we are to stop school closings nationwide, we must acknowledge that our demands too often …