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Newsletter and Action of the Week for 8/16/17

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Thumbnail of the 8/16/17 newsletter (full issue here) Action of the week: Get inspired by Helen Gym: An audio recording of the full teleconference is here, and a blog summary of the discussion is here. Tweet of the week: Get inspired by Helen Gym! PAA Week Day 3 discussion of politics & schools will get you fired up for the work ahead! https://tinyurl.com/y75eza2n PAA News: Last day of PAA Week, internal strategy session. Also, reaching out to survey contest winners

Newsletter and Action of the Week for 8/9/17

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Thumbnail of the 8/9/17 newsletter (full issue here) Action of the week: Get ready for PAA Week! Tweet of the week: Join Parents Across America for a week of action and discussion Aug. 14-17 #PAAWeek http://parentsacrossamerica.org/join-us-during-paa-week/ PAA News: We are very pleased to announce the unanimous election of Zerlina Smith from Chicago and Laura Bowman from Virginia and re-election of Khem Irby to the PAA Board of Directors. We look forward to a dynamic year under their leadership! Great thanks …

Newsletter and Action of the Week for 7/31/17

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Thumbnail of 7/31/17 issue (full newsletter here) Action of the week: Final day for PAA survey  PAA News: Laura Bowman, leader of PAA-Roanoke Valley, came across this good Slate article from January 2017, “Are Young Kids Doing Too Much Homework.” It quotes Laura at length and references PAA’s parent organizing toolkit.

Newsletter and action for 7/26/17

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Thumbnail of the 7/26/17 newsletter (full issue here) Action of the week: last chance to participate in PAA’s survey (now closed) PAA News: PAA-Roanoke Valley (VA) leader Laura Bowman speaks out on data privacy, SEL  

What are they rethinking?

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a short stealth tour of a handful of states this week with a demand that we all “rethink schools.” She gave Wyoming school officials less than a day to prepare for her visit, but 30 activists were motivated enough to turn out to protest her bad ideas. PAA’s interim executive director Julie Woestehoff, who lives in Wyoming (though on the other side of the state where DeVos visited), sent this letter to the main state-wide …

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 …