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Chicago parents in solidarity with Seattle teachers

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Press Alert February 4, 2013 Chicago Public School parents to pass petitions to limit CPS testing  Joining National Day of Action to Support Seattle MAP Test Boycott Who: Parents from at least 34 CPS schools will be passing petitions opposing the misuse and overuse of tests in CPS.   What: The petitions ask CPS and the Chicago Board of Education to limit standardized testing and provide more transparency about the cost, amount and stakes of the 22 tests now being …

Better than tests- a Chicago forum with FairTest’s Monty Neill

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If not tests, then what? That question was soundly answered On January 24, 2013, at the forum, “Assessments that Make Sense” in the south side Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. A room crowded with parents, teachers, students and community members from all over the city heard FairTest’s Monty Neill  (pictured right) present two successful alternatives to standardized testing accountability: the Performance Assessment student project-based model used in New York in place of state Regents’ exams, and the Learning Record, a teacher- …

Why, as a parent, I support Garfield teachers’ opposition to excessive and inaccurate testing

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By Sue Peters, founding member, Parents Across America Originally published in EdVoices on January 30, 2013, republished with permission For his first school-library experience in kindergarten, my five-year-old son was not allowed to check out a book. Instead he was placed in front of a computer with a set of headphones and told to take a test for an hour. That was my family’s introduction to the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®), a computerized, adaptive test for math and English, …

First report on Journey for Justice 2 hearing in D.C.

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“We don’t just have failing schools; we have a failing system of epidemic proportions. Community and parent voices have been removed from the process and the privatization has removed all checks and balances so that the system is no longer accountable to the public,” said Karran Harper-Royal, parent with Parents Across America, New Orleans. “The answer is not charter schools, the answer is fortifying traditional public schools through a community-driven process.” FOR MORE INFORMATION: Laurie R. Glenn Phone: 773.704.7246 E-mail: …

Listen to the 1-27-13 PAA testing webinar

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Here is the link to PAA’s testing webinar which took place on Sunday, January 27, 2013. Our guests were: Sarah Richardson, teacher at Garfield High School and part of the MAP test boycott Shaun Johnson, a former public school teacher, current teacher educator and online radio show co-host of At the Chalk Face who is a founder of United Opt Out National. Monty Neill, Executive Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest). Dr. Neill  authored Implementing …

PAA’s Karran Harper Royal and others to testify in DC on school closings’ discriminatory impact

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013 MEDIA ALERT  18 CITIES CONVERGE IN WASHINGTON D.C ON “JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE,” CALLING ON DEPT. OF EDUCATION TO END DISCRIMINATORY CLOSINGS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS National Movement Forms In Wake Of Mass School Closings & Turnarounds That Violate Civil Rights & Promote Divestment In Low-Income Communities Of Color WHAT:  Students, parents and advocacy representatives from 18 major United States cities will testify at a hearing before the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. …

PAA to co-host Indiana 4-state action planning meeting

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UPDATED 1/31/13 Attention public education supporters in: OHIO    MICHIGAN    INDIANA    ILLINOIS Would you like to join with others in our 4-state region in coordinated action to support our public schools? Parents Across America, in cooperation with many local groups, invites you to “Public Schools Across America,” a 4-state Regional Action Planning Meeting. Across the country, there is a rising chorus of protest against corporate-style school reform. Parents, teachers, students, principals, superintendents, scholars, school board members, civil rights …

Why parents support teachers

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Parents Across America is pleased to stand with our nation’s schoolteachers in efforts to improve education for all children – efforts that range from the issues raised in the Chicago teachers’ strike to the Seattle teachers’ boycott of wasteful standardized tests. We are proud to be part of a long tradition of parent support for public schoolteachers. Parents voice support Although this nation has been through three decades of hand-wringing over a “crisis in American education,” throughout that entire period …

Parents Across America Seattle supports Garfield High School teachers’ principled opposition to the costly and inaccurate MAP test

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Parents Across America is pleased to endorse the position statement of Parents Across America-Seattle in support of the Garfield High School teachers’ principled opposition to the costly and inaccurate MAP® test. Here’s PAA-Seattle’s statement: Parents Across America, Seattle, fully support and applaud the Garfield High School teaching staff in their refusal to administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)  test to their students. The teachers at Garfield, one of the district’s most respected high schools, have taken a thoughtful, principled stand …

Jan. 27 Testing Webcast with Fair Test Monty Neill, United Opt Out’s Tim Slekar and Shaun Johnson with special guest Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian on high stakes testing and opting out

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Listen to the webinar here! ++++ The term “high stakes testing” refers to standardized tests that are taken by students and used to evaluate a teacher and/or principal’s performance or that of a school. Many times these tests have been used more as a weapon rather than a tool, causing the wholesale firing of teachers and the closing of schools, many times converting those closed schools into charter schools. This type of testing also creates additional stress for students who …