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April 20, 2017 Newsletter brief

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

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 …

Archive of PAA newsletters from September 2016

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

A few months ago, our newsletter service stopped including an archive list in our service package. Since then we have been working out how to continue to save these back issues in an accessible way. (Older issues can be found HERE.) We’re going to try this for more recent issues: April 11, 2017: Read the full newsletter here: http://conta.cc/2pPJzrg Action of the week: We urged readers to visit their Congressional representatives at home while they are on spring break. We …

Actions of the week for 3/12/15

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Keep up the pressure on Congress and ESEA! Yes, we’re sounding like a broken record, but the nation has been waiting for a new Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for 8 years, and we’re likely to get one within the next month or so, which means that the next 2-3 weeks are our last and best opportunity to have any significant effect on federal K-12 education policy for a long time to come. It’s real now, folks. What’s happening …

Action (2) of the week for 3-5-15

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

ACTION 2:  Listen to and share our great webinar! If you weren’t able to listen in on our webinar last Monday, you can catch up here, and share the link with your networks. If you were there, you might want to get a second look at the data and other resources we provided. We want to thank Dr. P.L. Thomas, who has become something of a mentor to PAA, for his significant role in the webinar. Also contributing were PAA …

Action (1) of the week for 3-5-15

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

ACTION 1: Keep up the pressure from www.cagle.com on Congress and ESEA! Well, most folks thought the revisions to ESEA, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, formerly No Child Left Behind, would move quickly though the House and Senate and it would all be over by now. Didn’t happen. Apparently some House Republicans wanted stronger language favoring vouchers, getting rid of Common Core — and, if they really had their way, closing the Dept of Education itself. At the end …

Action of the week: 1-22-15

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Continue to contact Congress about ESEA, testing, and more The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee held a  hearing on testing and accountability this past Tuesday as ESEA begins to move toward reauthorization. PAA submitted our position paper on testing to the committee, and individually to every member of the committee, and  all House education committee members. We called for grade span instead of annual testing (HELP Chair Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Option 1) and flexibility and support for …

Action for 3-14-13: Share this parent trigger video

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Here’s a four minute video from the Education Opportunity Network. “Another Reform Misfires” features a parent, Lori Yuan, who opposed the trigger at her children’s elementary school in Adelanto, CA and John Rogers a professor from UCLA who has described the parent trigger as “a misguided approach to improving educational improvement and enhancing parental engagement.” Parent triggers have been introduced in 14 states this year (see map below) and may be introduced in Pennsylvania this session as well.

Welcome new Congress!

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Today is the opening day of the new Congress. A couple of weeks ago, PAA sent a letter to three new Democratic members of the Senate education committee. Today we sent a similar letter to three new Republican members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Susan Brooks (R-IN), Luke Messer (R-IN) and Richard Hudson (R-NC) as well as the new chair of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, Todd Rokita (R-IN). We will reach out …

Action of the week for 12-20-12: Welcome your new Senators and Congressmen

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Send a welcome letter to your new Senators and Congressmen! You can use this letter which we just e-mailed to Senators-elect Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)  and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) who will be new members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. We will send similar letters to other new members as well as any new members of the House Education and the Workforce committee, as we learn of their appointments. December 20, 2012 Dear Senator-elect: Congratulations …

Support PAA!

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

SUPPORT PAA!  Please use our Donate button to help us continue our important work supporting public school parents and children.  Here are some effects of PAA’s parent power in 2012: PAA challenged parent trigger legislation and won (so far!) in Florida and across the nation. We preempted efforts to use the “Won’t Back Down” movie to push parent trigger laws; the movie was roundly panned as propaganda by film critics and ticket sales were dismal. We co-wrote and promoted a …