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PAA affiliate ACTS to rally near the DNC : Huffington Post

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New PAA media clip: Contentious Won’t Back Down movie will be screened inside – public school supporters will rally outside for real reform.

Illinois ESEA waiver request: more testing, please!

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Tomorrow, the Illinois State Board of Education will vote on an ESEA flexibility waiver application which will do little but add more tests to an already ridiculous state assessment system. Here are the comments I submitted to ISBE last week: “Stop teaching to the test”  – President Barack Obama, 2012 State of the Union Address In their November 22, 2011, joint letter announcing Illinois’ intent to pursue a waiver from NCLB, ISBE Chair Gery Chico and State Superintendent Christopher Koch …

PAA letter to House Education committee on ESEA

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The House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on new House proposals to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Some day we hope that the committee will include real parent voices in their hearings. Until then, we need to keep the letters coming, Here’s what we faxed to the committee members today (feel free to copy, sign, and send to your own congresspeople). We are working on a more detailed position statement on the …

Parents, students protest Noble charter network predatory discipline policy

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Press release – February 13th, 2012 Parents, Students: Noble Street Profiting from Predatory Discipline Code Practices spread as Mayor Emanuel promotes a hidden education tax on Chicago’s Black and Latino families FEBRUARY 13—With Mayor Emanuel expanding the Noble Street Charter Network as a model for public education throughout Chicago, community groups today released original data on the profits that the growing charter network is making from disciplinary fines imposed on low-income families. Hundreds of students, parents and supporters from Voices …

PAA on real parent empowerment – an antidote to phony "parental choice"

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Press release * For immediate release January 31, 2012 Contacts: Julie Woestehoff, PAA co-founder, Parents United for Responsible Education, Chicago 773-715-3989 Leonie Haimson, PAA co-founder, Class Size Matters, New York City – 212-674-7320 Lorie Barzano, PAA, The Coalition to Strengthen Austin (TX) Urban Schools – 512-447-5577 Karran Harper Royal, PAA founder, Education advocate – 504-722-8174 Parents Across America releases a proposal for real parent empowerment in schools An antidote to phony “parental choice” Chicago, IL and other cities across the …

Parents – watch out for parent trigger proposals in your state

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PAA member Caroline Grannan recently posted this update on the parent trigger, explaining that, despite well-funded propaganda, there are no successful parent trigger programs. The Parent Revolution, which pushed the California  parent trigger law, has apparently abandoned the strategy. Yet parent trigger proposals are popping up all over the country, including Florida. Details in this PAA press release: For immediate release:                   January 10, 2012 Why Parents Across America Opposes Florida’s Parent Empowerment Legislation: …

ESEA begins another year's journey

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Experts are predicting (also here) that the No Child Left Behind Act will not be revised in 2012. Meanwhile, Republican House education committee leaders are planning to change strategy and write a more comprehensive ESEA bill, dropping their efforts to come to agreement with Democrats on a set of issue-specific pieces and preparing a larger bill like the one passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee last October. The House committee has already passed individual bills …

School closing protesters take over Chicago board meeting

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By Julie Woestehoff, PAA-Chicago TIME Magazine just named “The Protester” their “Person of the Year,” saying, “In 2011, protesters didn’t just voice complaints; they changed the world.” Today in Chicago, parents and teachers are demonstrating just how that happens. After camping out overnight in frigid rain in front of the Chicago Public Schools central office, people furious about the district’s years of failed, top-down school interventions took over the Board of Education meeting. driving school board members from the room …

PSAT for 12-6-11: Principals, Unite!

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Last night we watched a charming movie, “Amreeka,” about a Palestinian mom and her son who emigrate to Illinois the same week the US invaded Iraq. Not surprisingly, they encounter some challenges. Somewhat surprisingly, one of the film’s heroes is the mild-mannered principal of the local high school. School principals are popularly portrayed as creeps, crooks, or idiots (anyone besides me remember Osgood Conklyn in Our Miss Brooks? OK, how about Glee’s Principal Figgins?). My own experience of principals in …

PSAT for 11-22-11: Give thanks for teachers

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Today’s Public Schools Action Tuesday (PSAT) action is an easy one since everyone’s busy cooking and cleaning (and working) this week! To start Thanksgiving a little early, please give thanks for teachers. The Use Your Teacher Voice web site is a good place to start. You’ll hear from a variety of teachers like David, from Social Justice High School, who explains the link between poverty and student learning difficulties. I am so grateful to the teachers in my own family. …