In solidarity with the students: parents say, “Time’s up”Wal*Mart “wins” PAA’s first Bad Apple awardOur voices….our t-shirt….Read PAA’s 2017 survey report: “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”Handy parent resource list on current issuesArchive of PAA newsletters from September 2016Is there a PAA chapter or affiliate in your state?JOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!
In solidarity with the students: parents say, “Time’s up”
Wal*Mart “wins” PAA’s first Bad Apple award
Our voices….our t-shirt….
Read PAA’s 2017 survey report: “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”
Handy parent resource list on current issues
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

Update on Adelanto Parent Trigger status

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Two parent triggers have been deployed in California, total, and there have been no other parent triggers anywhere. Here’s what’s happened in those two cases: McKinley Elementary, Compton, CA Parent Revolution orchestrated this one entirely without the involvement of the parent community. After the petitions were delivered, many parents protested and said they did not want the school to become a charter. Many said they had been told the petitions were to beautify or improve the school. Parent Revolution had …

PAA-Washington letter on new charter school law

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Dec. 5, 2012 To Superintendent Dorn: Parents Across America of Washington State, the local chapters of the national organization dedicated to the preservation of public education, has concluded that Initiative 1240 is in violation of the Washington State Constitution on multiple counts. We therefore urge the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to pursue a legal challenge to I-1240, based on the following grounds: 1.      I-1240 would establish a charter school commission comprised of politically appointed members with …

Speak out about the school-to-prison pipeline

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Yesterday, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin convened a hearing on the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a way of describing the way some school policies and practices may simply push students – particularly low-income students and students of color – out of school and into jail. Zero tolerance policies, school closings, high-stakes testing, and other factors contribute to this devastating situation. This was an unprecedented hearing, and, unlike the panels of corporate reformers we more often see gathered to share their positions, this time …

Welcome new Michigan chapter!

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Welcome new chapter in Utica, MI   We are excited to have a new chapter in Utica, Michigan, called Parents Across Utica Community Schools. They reached out to PAA for help with their Broad superintendent and a Board President who also runs a “virtual learning academy.” They are asking for our help – please “like” the Parents Across Utica Community Schools Facebook page and follow them for updates and action alerts. Their story, which follows, can be found in somewhat …

Welcome new Atlanta chapter!

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Welcome new chapter, PAA-Atlanta/GA/Atlanta Public Schools! We’re delighted to welcome another new chapter, this one in Atlanta. Founder Kimberly Brooks is a former PTA president who is studying for her masters degree. Parents in Atlanta are discouraged by the well-known test cheating scandal and recent passage of charter school expansion laws in the state. They feel their voices are not being heard. Kimberly brings a lot of enthusiasm to our national network! You can contact her at kimberlybrooks.kim@gmail.com Welcome, Kimberly …

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 …

Introducing the Edu$hyters of the week and they all hail from the great state of Michigan

Posted on by Dora Taylor

The Edu$hyster ring in Michigan Utica Community Schools, as the second largest district in Michigan, has always been a leader in education.  Students have always had a high rate of success.  In comparison to districts across the nation, Utica has always been financially healthy.  Utica has been a wealth of potential for multiple facets of education, art and culture and many of those programs have been decimated to cater to the special interest of profiteers and politicians.   Carol Klenow, …

Part 4: High Stakes Testing and Opting Out : The Consequences

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  The Consequences As long as policy and funding are determined by test results, we will be dealing with the consequences. There is the narrowing of focus to math and reading and less focus on history, social studies, the arts, foreign languages, writing, physical education, or developing research and critical thinking skills. The emphasis on test scores precludes looking more carefully at the cause of low test scores which include poverty, health and family issues as well as the effect …

Schooled by experts: Chicago researchers share some facts about school reform

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

This morning I attended an excellent symposium on a variety of education issues presented by CReATE (Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education), the nearly two-year-old group of 100 Chicago-area academic experts who have already created some excellent resources to help parents, community groups, students and others to better understand the truth about corporate school reform. CReATE’s first effort was a paper called  “Chicago School Reform: Myths, Realities, and New Visions”, which clarified some of the education issues discussed during …

Voters have spoken: No corporate school reform in Bridgeport!

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By Wendy Lecker Originally published on November 18, 2012 in the Stamford Advocate In this age of instantaneous global communication, it is incredible that a simple message sent by voters in Bridgeport has not reached leaders in Hartford, just 50 miles away. On Nov. 6, a rare event in modern politics occurred: democracy prevailed over money. Average citizens defeated a Bridgeport charter revision proposal backed by a veritable who’s who of well-endowed corporate education reformers. This David-vs.-Goliath victory is also …