Get inspired by Helen Gym…PAA Week Day 3Read PAA’s 2017 survey report: “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”Follow-up resource list for parent survey participantsArchive 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!
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

PAA-Oregon fighting Stand for Children’s school board power grab

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Deb Mayer, a member of the PAA Board of Directors and leader of PAA-Oregon, was mentioned in Diane Ravitch’s blog a couple of weeks ago. Diane shared a link to Deb’s article about the vicious attack on a Portland school board member by Stand for Children, which had backed a losing candidate in a recent school board election. Looking for enough votes to push their corporate education agenda, SFC is using some slimy techniques and a bushel of Gates money …

ADD YOUR VOICE! PAA’s national parent survey is here!

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Parents, we care about what you think! Parents Across America National Parent Survey 2017 Real Parent Choice – Real Parent Voice   Some of our nation’s leaders claim to know what parents care about. They use the term “parental choice” to promote privatization of our public school system through charter schools and vouchers. Their agenda depends on the idea that parents want to shop around for a school the way we do for a cell phone provider. We do not …

Follow-up resource list for parent survey participants

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We mentioned many different issues on our Summer 2017 national parent survey. Here are links to PAA resources that address some of these issues.   EdTech: Documentation paper on the risks of misuse and overuse of digital technology “Our Children @ Risk: PAA Challenges EdTech” PAA opposes federal and state initiatives that undermine student data privacy Please also see “Parents Toolkit for Student Privacy”   Test Stress: Parents Stand up Against Test Stress (July 2015 rev. Feb 2016) Fact Sheet: …

Survey contest and other details

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Thank you for participating in our parent survey! We invite you to join our newsletter mailing list and sign up for our contest drawing! To sign up for the newsletter, please fill out the information here. Enter the contest drawing by completing the survey. At the end of the survey is a space to include your name and mailing address, which is optional but will enter you into the contest. Prizes include the following books signed personally by the authors: …

June 1 newsletter brief

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Thumbnail of the 6/1/2017 newsletter (full issue here): Action of the week Sign the petition: No spybots in babies’ bedrooms! Read more about Mattel’s planned Aristotle “digital nanny” here. There’s still time to meet with your Congressional reps while they are on break until June 5, or just call or drop by to share PAA’s fact sheet on voucher harm and position paper on real parent choice (hint: it’s not charters or vouchers!). Tweet of the week Please tweet and …

May 18, 2017 newsletter brief

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Thumbnail of the 5/18/2017 newsletter (full issue here): Action of the week Register here for an important webinar introducing the Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy. Co-sponsored by PAA, the webinar takes place Tuesday, May 23 at 8 pm ET. Tweet of the week Please tweet and share, or follow @parentsacrossam and retweet! Protect #studentdataprivacy with free toolkit https://www.studentprivacymatters/toolkit. Join webinar 5/23/17 https://tinyurl.com/ke8gozr Coming up Two great new documentaries highlighting the value of public education are beginning to be screened across …

May 11, 2017 newsletter brief

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Thumbnail of 5/11/17 newsletter (full newsletter here) Action of the week Protest DeVos! Her visits around the US have not been going well. Her comments in Utah led PAA interim executive director to write this letter to the Salt Lake Tribune; get ready to write something similar if DeVos comes to your town. Coming up PAA is co-hosting a webinar on student data privacy on May 23 at 8 pm ET. Details to follow. Tweet of the Week @BetsyDeVosEd wrong …

May 2, 2017 newsletter brief

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Thumbnail of 5/2/17 newsletter (full newsletter here) Action of the week Get ready for Screen Free Week! Here’s how. PAA is an endorser of this event Ask Congress not to cut Title IIA funds that are used for class size reduction. Tweet of the Week Better Fed budget #noschoolvouchers but needs Title IIA class size reduction funds #lowerclasssizeworks #parentschoosepubliced PAA News An article about the Title IIA issues by PAA co-founder Leonie Haimson was published on Alternet. PAA founding member …

April 27, 2017 newsletter brief

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Thumbnail of 4/27/17 newsletter (full newsletter here) Action of the week Email link to the Electronic Frontier Federation report, “Spying on Students” to your Congressional and local elected officials as well as your local and state school board members. You can attach to it the PAA’s sample letter to legislators. EFF’s report includes a list of questions for parents to ask (p. 37) which is similar to PAA’s list. Take these questions to your children’s school, teacher, administration and school …

PAAer letter to Salt Lake Tribune on DeVos visit

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US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was recently in Salt Lake City speaking at a $3000 per person event. Here’s a highlight of her speech, which clearly indicates DeVos’s limited understanding of the value and role of public education: “The simple fact is that if a school is not meeting a child’s unique needs, then that school is failing that child. Think of it like your cell phone. AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile may all have great networks, but if you can’t …