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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 …

Parent “choice”: Schools choose – students lose

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Parents Vote

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PAA marchers begin the SOS March July 2011

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Parent Voices and the Blueprint – new article in District Administrator

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A compelling new article in the monthly District Administrator details the concerns parents have about the Obama administration’s Blueprint for Reform, and quotes co-founder of Parents Across America, Julie Woestehoff: “Parents are the primary stakeholders in education,” says Julie Woestehoff, executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE ), which advocates for parents in Chicago Public Schools. “Parents are mostly concerned not with when the PTA meeting is, but what strategies are being used in the school to improve …