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Welcome to new Congress

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PAA traditionally sends a letter to every new Congress to introduce ourselves and share our vision for public education. We’re finally getting around to it this year, a bit late but certainly in time to address the debacle of the Trump-DeVos “parent town hall” a week ago, to which only one public school parent was invited, and the President’s promo of vouchers in his speech to Congress a couple of days ago. Here’s the letter we just faxed to nearly …

PAA’s letter to the Maryland legislature on screen time safety

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Parents Across America supports Maryland HB866  and SB1089 National parent group has prepared extensive materials about the harmful effects on children’s academic, intellectual, emotional, physical and social development when digital devices are misused and overused February 21, 2017 The national parent group, Parents Across America (PAA), strongly endorses legislative proposals being considered by the Maryland House Ways and Means Committee that would provide some guidelines for the safe use of digital devices in the classroom. In August, 2016, PAA released …

Maryland proposes protecting schoolchildren from excessive screen time

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Tomorrow, the Maryland House Ways and Means Committee will consider a cutting-edge proposal to protect schoolchildren from the effects of too much screen time. From the committee’s press release today: The House Ways and Means Committee of the Maryland General Assembly will hear legislation on Friday, February 24th at 1:00 that directs the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to craft safety guidelines for the use of digital devices in Maryland public schools. Delegate Steven Arentz (R-District 36) …

Welcoming Secretary DeVos PAA-style

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PAA sent the following letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to welcome her to the position and to raise some concerns about her intentions, especially in light of the parent town hall meeting she and President Trump held past week. Of the 7 parents who were invited, three were home schoolers, three were charter and private school parents and two were home schoolers. We suggested that they really should call PAA so that they can hear from a somewhat more …

Great series by PAA President on Personalized and Social-Emotional Learning

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We apologize for our web site being down for a couple of weeks recently. We’ll try to catch up with a few pieces we wanted to share during that time, notably a series of blog posts by PAA President Dora Taylor who exposes the seamy side of the “personalized learning” and social emotional learning (SEL) trends. We’ll share the opening paragraphs and provide a link to Dora’s Seattle Education blog for the rest. Part 1 The endgame of corporate reform …

Keep the pressure on! PAA to Senate: No on DeVos

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PAA sent the following to every US Senator today: Please vote “No” on DeVos nomination We respectfully ask you to vote “no” on the appointment of Betsy DeVos for US Secretary of Education. We communicated our detailed reasons to all Senators by fax last week, and appreciate the fact that so many are considering a “no” vote on this most controversial candidate. Our main concerns are that: Mrs. DeVos’s opposition to charter school accountability calls into serious question her commitment …

Real Parent Choice: a “Choice Week” position paper

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originally posted January 27, 2015 Polls and surveys show that the first choice of most parents is to send their child to a high-quality neighborhood school with adequate resources. Parents know by now that students in charter schools and voucher programs have not shown better academic progress than students in traditional schools. Parents do not want to have to shop around for a good school; consumerism is not the kind of “empowerment” that parents want. PAA does support the kind …

Parents’ CHOICE: A strong public school for every child (no to DeVos!)

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PAA faxed the following to every U.S. Senator today: Parent Voices Education Fax January 26, 2017 Parents’ CHOICE is a strong public school for every child: Please vote “No” on DeVos nomination We write to ask you to vote “no” on the appointment of Betsy DeVos for US Secretary of Education. Our request is based in large part on clear differences between her education agenda and what Parents Across America believes our children and schools actually need to succeed.* We …

PAA to Senate HELP committee: Vote NO on DeVos

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PAA faxed the following to all members of the Senate HELP committee today: Parent Voices Education Fax January 13, 2017 Parents ask for “No” vote on DeVos nomination We write to ask you to vote “no” on the appointment of Betsy DeVos for US Secretary of Education. Our request is based in large part on clear differences between her education agenda and what Parents Across America believes our children and schools actually need to succeed. We also base our opposition …

Call to action: Contact Senate ed committee to vote “NO” on DeVos

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The hearing on Betsy DeVos’s nomination to be the next U. S. Secretary of Education has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 17, by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. We call on you all to reach out THIS WEEKEND to your Senators who serve on this committee (list including phone # below). Please urge them to vote “NO” on the DeVos nomination. WHY SAY NO? Betsy DeVos is one of the strongest pro-voucher proponents in the nation …