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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

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

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“Won’t Back Down” and “Will Stand Up”

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By Lorie Barzano Chair of Coalition SAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools), a parent led group representing inner-city public schools working to ensure accessible, quality Public Education for all children and healthy, thriving Public Schools in Austin’s urban core. I saw “Won’t Back Down” last week with two other parents from Coalition SAUS.  A free, pre-screening hosted by the Charter School Association, we sat in the dark theatre surrounded by a hundred charter school teachers and a smattering of charter school …

What are DFER and Students First Afraid of?

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For two days day in a row, at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., a handful of moms bearing flyers and large yellow pencils made out of pool noodles were denied admission to events organized by the corporate-focused education “reform” groups Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) and Students First, headed by Michelle Rhee. On Tuesday, Carol Sawyer and Pam Grundy, co-chairs of the Charlotte-based MecklenburgACTS.org (which is affiliated with Parents Across America) had signed up in advance for what …

Parents Across America announces national Board of Directors

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Press release: For immediate release On July 13, 2012, the State of Illinois issued Articles of Incorporation to Parents Across America, establishing the group as an official not-for-profit charitable corporation. The first Board of Directors for the new non-profit organization was selected from among the PAA founders. The members are: Andrea Mérida, Denver, CO Dora Taylor, Seattle, WA Julie Woestehoff, Chicago, IL Karen Miller, Houston, TX Karran Harper Royal, New Orleans, LA Natalie Beyer, Durham, NC Pamela Grundy, Charlotte, NC …