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Get inspired by Helen Gym…PAA Week Day 3
Read PAA’s 2017 survey report: “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”
Follow-up resource list for parent survey participants
Archive of PAA newsletters from September 2016
Is there a PAA chapter or affiliate in your state?
JOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!

Misc

Diane R. goes to Texas

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From PAA founding member Karen Miller: When I found out Diane was speaking at the school board/administrators convention, I asked her if she’d extend her stay and she agreed to remain an extra day.  Lorie (Barzano, of PAA affiliate Coalition-SAUS) did a fantastic job with local arrangements, including a parent/teacher/community meeting at a high school in a low income area subject to takeover.  I’ll let her describe that wonderful event (see below). We worked closely with the school board/administrators associations …

Will the real parents please stand up?

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The following article by Chicago public school parent Wendy Kattan was originally published in Catalyst Magazine. Parents don’t want a “war.” They want a district that’s looking out for all children, that is capable of collaboration and able to hear the views and voices of real parents in the system. By: Wendy Katten / October 1, 2012 Now that the strike is over and parents, students and teachers are finally settling into the routine of the school year, many parents …

Broadie Tata fired by Wake County school board

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By Jason Langberg On Tuesday, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Board of Education (BOE) fired Superintendent Anthony Tata, a Broad Superintendents Academy graduate.  The firing of a local school superintendent wouldn’t usually be major national news, but in this instance, it is.  It proves that at least some school systems will still resist significant influence by big money and market-based deformers when it is in the best interests of families, teachers and the community. Here is a timeline …

Chicago teacher-parent alliance highlighted key parent issues

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As a nationwide parents group, Parents Across America (PAA) does not take a stand on union issues. We regret that Chicago families had their schedules disrupted and Chicago children lost valuable learning time during the recent Chicago strike. However, the teachers in Chicago have highlighted important challenges in public education that resonate with families and communities across the country. In addition to issues of pay and benefits, Chicago teachers chose to spotlight flawed policies that are hurting students in our …

Meet the Founders: Julie Woestehoff

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 Fourth in a series of profiles of PAA founding members. For PAA co-founder Julie Woestehoff, the high point of the recently concluded Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike was the solidarity she saw between teachers, parents, students and community members. “We showed a very powerful united front,” she said. “It was not just teachers, it was the whole community. We all felt that we were speaking out in favor of a better vision of education.” Julie has worked for decades to …

Message from PAA to entertainment media about WBD movie

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As hype for the “Won’t Back Down” movie heats up, PAA sent this message to entertainment media: In case you are preparing to interview the stars of the controversial new film “Won’t Back Down,” or review the movie, Parents Across America would like you to be aware of the following facts: 1.       Walden Media which produced the film also co-produced the movie “Waiting for Superman”.  The people at Walden Media have admitted that they had a specific political agenda in …

Meet the Founders: Caroline Grannan

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Third in a series of profiles of PAA’s founding members. Caroline Grannan, PAA’s Parent Trigger expert, got her start in education reform research more than a decade ago, in the dark days when Google searches hadn’t yet been developed and building a website required a programming expert. Her first focus was Edison Schools, Inc., a for-profit, NASDAQ-traded charter management company that claimed to bring “the efficiencies of the private sector” to public education. “It was really getting hailed as the …

Bloomberg Business Week quotes PAA’s Caroline Grannan

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“The idea that busy parents can simply take over and run a school in their spare time is obviously magical thinking.” (Caroline) points out that charters overall don’t outperform public schools and suggests that instead of pulling the trigger, parents should assert their voices by voting in good school board members, getting to know administrators, and getting involved in schools. Full article here.

Bloomberg Business Week quotes PAA's Caroline Grannan

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

“The idea that busy parents can simply take over and run a school in their spare time is obviously magical thinking.” (Caroline) points out that charters overall don’t outperform public schools and suggests that instead of pulling the trigger, parents should assert their voices by voting in good school board members, getting to know administrators, and getting involved in schools. Full article here.

PAA-New Orleans chapter protests charter school discrimination against disabled students

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff