Misc

Welcome new PAA Board!

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

We are delighted to announce the new Board of Directors for Parents Across America! PAA has been in a year-long process of filing for our 501c3 and setting up our permanent structure. The election of a 7-member Board of Directors is the next important step. Please join us in welcoming our new Board of Directors for 2014! Elected March 2014   New Directors Dawn Collins (Baton Rouge, LA – chapter, PAA-Baton Rouge) Dawn D. Collins, MPA is a political consultant …

Parents support Chicago teacher test boycott

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Parents Across America, Parents United for Responsible Education, and
More Than a Score strongly support the teachers at Chicago’s Saucedo
Elementary school and any other teachers in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinoiswho are refusing to administer the Illinois Standards
Achievement Test to their students beginning on Monday, March 3. –>Parents Across America, Chicago-based Parents United for Responsible Education, and
 the Chicago coalition More Than a Score strongly support the teachers at Chicago’s Saucedo
 and Drummond schools and any other teachers in Chicago or …

There’s a Train A Coming

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

This opinion piece was shared with us by PAA Florida Affiliate leader Lourdes Pérez Ramírez. She writes, “Here’s an opinion piece that Rick Roach, the only school board member who has had the guts to take a standardized test and failed, and who also has the guts to sternly oppose these high-stake tests, sent me.” There’s a Train a Coming By Rick Roach, Orange County (Florida) School Board Member District 3 I’ve always tried to heed what a wise man once …

ACT: Hispanics are not for sale!

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by Lourdes Pérez Ramírez, founder of PAA Florida affiliate HispanEduca   ACT has been courting Florida for more than 4 years, making fun & enjoying students’ failure with FCAT. After all, money speaks, right @ACT? What an irony! The testing mogul is coming to a state where Hispanics are becoming the majority minority in many counties. However, in 2011 ACT (specifically ACT former Media Relations Director, Scott Gomer and former Communications VP, Rose Rennekamp) told HispanEduca’s founder, that, and I …

Gulen 101 with Sharon Higgins

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From Tim Furman, who made this video for sponsor Rogers Park Neighbors for Public Schools in Chicago, this is the recording of the recent webinar, Gulen 101: Session One, with Sharon Higgins. Please share widely. It was a good first session, both for people new to the topic and for those already knowledgeable. We’re having session two in March. You’ll have to adjust the sound from time to time; my editing time is limited and we were using multiple sound …

Standardized movie shown to 400 in Orlando

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An eye-opener: Orlando’s showing of Standardized: Lies, Money, and Civil Rights documentary By Lourdes Pérez Ramírez, founder of PAA affiliate HispanEduca More than 400 people and a nine-member panel made up of teachers, school board members, education advocates, and legislators gathered at Howard Middle School in Orlando, Fl on January 25 to attended the documentary Standardized: Lies, Money & Civil Rights — How Testing is Ruining Public Education. The public had the opportunity to ask the panel about a myriad …

Standardized movie showing around the US

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PAA’s Florida affiliate HispanEduca invites parents to movie screening Standardized: Lies, Money and Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education PAA Florida affiliate HispanEduca leader Lourdes Perez Ramirez invites every Florida parent to a showing in Orlando of the new movie “Standardized.” The screening will take place at Howard Middle School, 800 Robinson Street, free for all parents, on Jan. 25 at 1:30 PM. PAA members will be interested in attending and sharing information about other showings across the …

Parent involvement talking points from Parent Power/PAA-Indiana

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From Parent Power and Parents Across America-Indiana, prepared by John Harris Loflin Talking points regarding the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Preserving the public good of public education in an era of privatization and standardization It is impossible to make IPS more attractive than charter schools without opening IPS to public ownership, and thus the real participation of parents and the community in determining their own district’s destiny. Hence, the district’s work with parents must be understood as one of the …

Congressional New Year’s resolution: Listen to parents!

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This week’s federal education buzz included House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s threat to launch a Congressional investigation of the education polices of the new Mayor of New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio ran and won on a platform of promoting neighborhood public schools, ending co-location of charter schools in neighborhood schools, and charging rent to charter schools. Rep. Cantor was quoted as saying, “This move could devastate the growth of education opportunity in such a competitive real estate market like …

Threats to student privacy unite parent and advocacy groups

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  New statewide coalition calls on state board and Chicago schools for more information on inBloom program  Chicago, IL: A new coalition of local and national parent and advocacy organizations today raised questions about how private student information is protected by school districts, after new revelations concerning a database vendor moving into Illinois. The groups sent letters to Illinois State Schools Superintendent Christopher Koch and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett expressing serious concerns about plans for …