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PAA on Reforming ESEA

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 What Public School Parents Want in a New Federal Education Law   A Parents Across America Position Paper on the Reauthorization of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – No Child Left Behind   April, 2011 Introduction  “What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon, it destroys our democracy.” John Dewey, The School and …

The Empowerment Parents Want: The LSC Model for School Reform

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The Empowerment Parents Want: A Real, Effective Voice in our Children’s Education As corporate efforts to privatize and capitalize on public education are increasingly being exposed as ineffective and damaging, the wealthy sponsors of these controversial strategies – e.g. school closings, turnarounds, charter school expansion – have been attempting to re-brand them as “parent empowerment.” The problem is that the privateers are not paying attention to what parents actually want, or what works for children and schools. For example, last …

PAA on the parent trigger

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Why PAA opposes California’s Parent Trigger law: It represents neither real parent choice nor empowerment California’s Parent Empowerment Act passed in early 2010 and has been supported by backers of corporate education reform nationwide. It is now being used as a model for legislation in other states, including New Jersey, Colorado and elsewhere. The law creates a process known as the Parent Trigger, which allows a majority of parents at a low-performing school to sign a petition to trigger one …

Christian Science Monitor story on CTU’s Karen Lewis quotes PAA’s Julie Woestehoff

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“She comes from a place of understanding what it really takes to educate children, especially in Chicago.” Full story here.

Christian Science Monitor story on CTU's Karen Lewis quotes PAA's Julie Woestehoff

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“She comes from a place of understanding what it really takes to educate children, especially in Chicago.” Full story here.

Bloomberg Business Week quotes PAA’s Caroline Grannan

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“The idea that busy parents can simply take over and run a school in their spare time is obviously magical thinking.” (Caroline) points out that charters overall don’t outperform public schools and suggests that instead of pulling the trigger, parents should assert their voices by voting in good school board members, getting to know administrators, and getting involved in schools. Full article here.

Bloomberg Business Week quotes PAA's Caroline Grannan

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“The idea that busy parents can simply take over and run a school in their spare time is obviously magical thinking.” (Caroline) points out that charters overall don’t outperform public schools and suggests that instead of pulling the trigger, parents should assert their voices by voting in good school board members, getting to know administrators, and getting involved in schools. Full article here.

PAA-New Orleans chapter protests charter school discrimination against disabled students

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“Won’t Back Down” and “Will Stand Up”

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By Lorie Barzano Chair of Coalition SAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools), a parent led group representing inner-city public schools working to ensure accessible, quality Public Education for all children and healthy, thriving Public Schools in Austin’s urban core. I saw “Won’t Back Down” last week with two other parents from Coalition SAUS.  A free, pre-screening hosted by the Charter School Association, we sat in the dark theatre surrounded by a hundred charter school teachers and a smattering of charter school …

Parents Across America announces national Board of Directors

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Press release: For immediate release On July 13, 2012, the State of Illinois issued Articles of Incorporation to Parents Across America, establishing the group as an official not-for-profit charitable corporation. The first Board of Directors for the new non-profit organization was selected from among the PAA founders. The members are: Andrea Mérida, Denver, CO Dora Taylor, Seattle, WA Julie Woestehoff, Chicago, IL Karen Miller, Houston, TX Karran Harper Royal, New Orleans, LA Natalie Beyer, Durham, NC Pamela Grundy, Charlotte, NC …