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Follow-up resource list for parent survey participants

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We mentioned many different issues on our Summer 2017 national parent survey. Here are links to PAA resources that address some of these issues.   EdTech: Documentation paper on the risks of misuse and overuse of digital technology “Our Children @ Risk: PAA Challenges EdTech” PAA opposes federal and state initiatives that undermine student data privacy Please also see “Parents Toolkit for Student Privacy”   Test Stress: Parents Stand up Against Test Stress (July 2015 rev. Feb 2016) Fact Sheet: …

June 1 newsletter brief

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Thumbnail of the 6/1/2017 newsletter (full issue here): Action of the week Sign the petition: No spybots in babies’ bedrooms! Read more about Mattel’s planned Aristotle “digital nanny” here. There’s still time to meet with your Congressional reps while they are on break until June 5, or just call or drop by to share PAA’s fact sheet on voucher harm and position paper on real parent choice (hint: it’s not charters or vouchers!). Tweet of the week Please tweet and …

May 25 newsletter brief

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Thumbnail of the 5/25/2017 newsletter (full issue here): Action of the week Say NO to Trump 2018 education budget! Congress is home on a break – please take a moment to drop in to their home offices and share PAA’s fact sheet on the harm vouchers may do, and our position paper on parents’ REAL choice (hint- it’s not vouchers or charters). Tweet of the week Please tweet and share, or follow @parentsacrossam and retweet! @realdonaldtrump @BetsyDeVosEd yr education budget …

May 18, 2017 newsletter brief

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Thumbnail of the 5/18/2017 newsletter (full issue here): Action of the week Register here for an important webinar introducing the Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy. Co-sponsored by PAA, the webinar takes place Tuesday, May 23 at 8 pm ET. Tweet of the week Please tweet and share, or follow @parentsacrossam and retweet! Protect #studentdataprivacy with free toolkit https://www.studentprivacymatters/toolkit. Join webinar 5/23/17 https://tinyurl.com/ke8gozr Coming up Two great new documentaries highlighting the value of public education are beginning to be screened across …

May 11, 2017 newsletter brief

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Thumbnail of 5/11/17 newsletter (full newsletter here) Action of the week Protest DeVos! Her visits around the US have not been going well. Her comments in Utah led PAA interim executive director to write this letter to the Salt Lake Tribune; get ready to write something similar if DeVos comes to your town. Coming up PAA is co-hosting a webinar on student data privacy on May 23 at 8 pm ET. Details to follow. Tweet of the Week @BetsyDeVosEd wrong …

May 2, 2017 newsletter brief

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Thumbnail of 5/2/17 newsletter (full newsletter here) Action of the week Get ready for Screen Free Week! Here’s how. PAA is an endorser of this event Ask Congress not to cut Title IIA funds that are used for class size reduction. Tweet of the Week Better Fed budget #noschoolvouchers but needs Title IIA class size reduction funds #lowerclasssizeworks #parentschoosepubliced PAA News An article about the Title IIA issues by PAA co-founder Leonie Haimson was published on Alternet. PAA founding member …

April 27, 2017 newsletter brief

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Thumbnail of 4/27/17 newsletter (full newsletter here) Action of the week Email link to the Electronic Frontier Federation report, “Spying on Students” to your Congressional and local elected officials as well as your local and state school board members. You can attach to it the PAA’s sample letter to legislators. EFF’s report includes a list of questions for parents to ask (p. 37) which is similar to PAA’s list. Take these questions to your children’s school, teacher, administration and school …

PAAer letter to Salt Lake Tribune on DeVos visit

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US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was recently in Salt Lake City speaking at a $3000 per person event. Here’s a highlight of her speech, which clearly indicates DeVos’s limited understanding of the value and role of public education: “The simple fact is that if a school is not meeting a child’s unique needs, then that school is failing that child. Think of it like your cell phone. AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile may all have great networks, but if you can’t …

April 20, 2017 Newsletter brief

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Thumbnail of 4/20/17 newsletter (full newsletter here) Action of the week Contact your Congressional representatives while they are home on spring break. Focus on voucher/privatization issue. You can download and give them PAA’s fact sheet on two new reports showing that voucher programs may actually harm student learning. Network for Public Education has prepared a toolkit on privatization which has lots of other good resources and handouts. PAA News Laura Bowman, leader of PAA-Roanoke Valley, recently attended a summit on …

Spying on students: EFF report confirms PAA EdTech privacy concerns

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For some time now, PAA has been raising red flags about the rapidly expanding use of education technology (EdTech) in our schools. Last summer we published a series of fact sheets and a 35-page documentation paper detailing some of the many concerns we have about EdTech. Since then, we have urged parents to ask questions at your local schools and supported legislative and other efforts to require more transparency and accountability from EdTech programs and businesses. PAA’s concerns are multi-faceted. …