Position paper: Why PAA opposes mass school closingsPAA-New Orleans chapter protests charter school discrimination against disabled studentsParent “choice”: Schools choose – students loseParents VotePAA marchers begin the SOS March July 2011Founders speak at PAA kickoff forum, Feb. 8, 2011
Position paper: Why PAA opposes mass school closings
PAA-New Orleans chapter protests charter school discrimination against disabled students
Parent “choice”: Schools choose – students lose
Parents Vote
PAA marchers begin the SOS March July 2011
Founders speak at PAA kickoff forum, Feb. 8, 2011

Action of the week

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

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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!

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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

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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!

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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 …

Action of the week for 11-29-12: No “Cliff”hanger for our children!

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Congress and the White House are working to resolve the “sequestration” threat set up by their failure to agree on a federal budget last year. Without a budget agreement, massive across-the-board program cuts will kick in. This may include: Loss of 100,000 Head Start slots. * Service cuts to 500,000 special needs students. * An end to Title 1 grants, affecting 2 million students. * Huge class size increases and service cuts as districts are forced to terminate tens of …

Action of the week for 8-31-12

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Going to the DNC? Meet up with members of Charlotte’s PAA affiliate MecklenburgACTS at one or both of their planned rallies! Monday, September 3:   Rally: 12:30-1 p.m. Movie screening: 1-3 p.m. EpiCentre Theater: 210 E. Trade St.      . “Won’t Back Down” film and panel discussion sponsored by Michelle Rhee’s Students First, Parent Revolution and Democrats for Educational Reform. Funders of these well-heeled groups include the Broad, Walton and Gates foundations, Rupert Murdoch and Wall Street hedge funds. Tuesday, …

Action of the week for 8-31-12

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Going to the DNC? Meet up with members of Charlotte’s PAA affiliate MecklenburgACTS at one or both of their planned rallies! Monday, September 3:   Rally: 12:30-1 p.m. Movie screening: 1-3 p.m. EpiCentre Theater: 210 E. Trade St.      . “Won’t Back Down” film and panel discussion sponsored by Michelle Rhee’s Students First, Parent Revolution and Democrats for Educational Reform. Funders of these well-heeled groups include the Broad, Walton and Gates foundations, Rupert Murdoch and Wall Street hedge funds. Tuesday, …