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PAA Virginia leader testifies on data privacy, SEL

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Parents Across America-Roanoke Valley leader, Laura Bowman, spoke at a Virginia Board of Education Hearing in earlier this month. She shared parent concerns about student data privacy and standardizing and assessing children’s emotional quotients. She used some of the facts Rachael Stickland, co-chair of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy, shared in her recent testimony before the US House Committee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, found here https://www.studentprivacymatters.org/rachael-stickland-testifies-before-the-u-s-house-subcommittee-on-early-childhood-elementary-and-secondary-education/. Laura gave the Virginia Board of Education a copy of …

PAA-Oregon fighting Stand for Children’s school board power grab

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Deb Mayer, a member of the PAA Board of Directors and leader of PAA-Oregon, was mentioned in Diane Ravitch’s blog a couple of weeks ago. Diane shared a link to Deb’s article about the vicious attack on a Portland school board member by Stand for Children, which had backed a losing candidate in a recent school board election. Looking for enough votes to push their corporate education agenda, SFC is using some slimy techniques and a bushel of Gates money …

June 28 and July 13, 2017 newsletter brief

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We combine these two issues since both were focused on promoting the PAA national parent survey. Details about the survey are here. The June 28th issue also reported on a demonstration against secretive school closings in Indianapolis in which PAA affiliate Parent Power and Board member Nate Harris and his wife, Carrie Lynne Harris participated. The July 13th issue included a story about the scandalous actions of Stand for Children in Portland, OR, to push out a school board member …

ADD YOUR VOICE! PAA’s national parent survey is here!

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Parents, we care about what you think! Parents Across America National Parent Survey 2017 Real Parent Choice – Real Parent Voice   Some of our nation’s leaders claim to know what parents care about. They use the term “parental choice” to promote privatization of our public school system through charter schools and vouchers. Their agenda depends on the idea that parents want to shop around for a school the way we do for a cell phone provider. We do not …

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: …

Survey contest and other details

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Thank you for participating in our parent survey! We invite you to join our newsletter mailing list and sign up for our contest drawing! To sign up for the newsletter, please fill out the information here. Enter the contest drawing by completing the survey. At the end of the survey is a space to include your name and mailing address, which is optional but will enter you into the contest. Prizes include the following books signed personally by the authors: …

June 22, 2017 newsletter brief

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Thumbnail of the 6/22/17 newsletter (full issue here) Action of the week: Share PAA’s new 1-page fact sheet exposing the truth about Stand for Children Tweet of the week: Parents beware of Stand for Children’s hidden corporate school agenda #SFCwolfinsheepsclothing http://tinyurl.com/y6v66plx PAA News: Watch for PAA’s national parent survey; the link to the survey will be in next week’s newsletter.

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 …