Position paper: Why PAA opposes mass school closingsPAA-New Orleans chapter protests charter school discrimination against disabled studentsParent “choice”: Schools choose – students loseParents VotePAA marchers begin the SOS March July 2011Founders speak at PAA kickoff forum, Feb. 8, 2011
Position paper: Why PAA opposes mass school closings
PAA-New Orleans chapter protests charter school discrimination against disabled students
Parent “choice”: Schools choose – students lose
Parents Vote
PAA marchers begin the SOS March July 2011
Founders speak at PAA kickoff forum, Feb. 8, 2011

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The Weekly Update: Milken is ready to milk us in WA State, Louisiana wants to test the toddlers, some awesome school teachers and much, much more

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The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed. Bill Gates and the Waltons have had their way with Washington State. With ads running continuously on TV channels for the last three weeks up to November 6th, Bill Gates and the Waltons finally got their way with us….unless there is a legal challenge regarding the state’s constitutional demand for oversight by OSPI. Stay tuned. The passage of I 1240 due to the financial backing of Stand for …

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 …

Parents give "Won't Back Down" movie trailer a thumbs down

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Press release * For immediate release June 14, 2012 Contacts: Leonie Haimson, Class Size Matters, NYC 917-435-9329 LeonieH@parentsacrossamerica.org Caroline Grannan, PAA member, San Francisco, CA, 415-412-5758 CarolineG@parentsacrossamerica.org Julie Woestehoff, Parents United for Responsible Education, Chicago, 773-538-1135 JulieW@parentsacrossamerica.org Parents Give “Won’t Back Down” Movie Trailer a Thumbs-Down “Parent trigger” reality distorted to fit corporate school reform message The trailer for “Won’t Back Down,” an upcoming film starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter and Viola Davis, shows parent power triumphing over bad teachers …

Parents give “Won’t Back Down” movie trailer a thumbs down

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Press release * For immediate release June 14, 2012 Contacts: Leonie Haimson, Class Size Matters, NYC 917-435-9329 LeonieH@parentsacrossamerica.org Caroline Grannan, PAA member, San Francisco, CA, 415-412-5758 CarolineG@parentsacrossamerica.org Julie Woestehoff, Parents United for Responsible Education, Chicago, 773-538-1135 JulieW@parentsacrossamerica.org Parents Give “Won’t Back Down” Movie Trailer a Thumbs-Down “Parent trigger” reality distorted to fit corporate school reform message The trailer for “Won’t Back Down,” an upcoming film starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter and Viola Davis, shows parent power triumphing over bad teachers …

New TX Re-districting Map Splits Austin School District in Half

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Lorie Barzano, Co-Chair, CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools), PAA affiliate and parent led group representing 20 public school campuses in Austin’s urban core, which has a vision of quality, accessible public education for all. According to the most recent US Census, Texas again gained population during the past ten years. That means TX legislators have re-drawn electoral district maps for the second time since the start of the 21st century. Imagine a good old fashioned land grab in Texas! Needless …

Texas Lives Up to Its Moniker as Lone STAAR State

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Our proposals on the Senate ESEA reauthorization bill

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This letter is available as a pdf here.  A version of the letter which you can edit to fax to your Senators is here. A handy chart laying out which provisions in the bill we support and oppose is here. October 18, 2011 Re: Reauthorization of ESEA Dear Senator Harkin: Your proposed revisions to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act show that you and the HELP Committee have listened to some of the concerns voiced by parents and others about …

Teach for America Displays Taken Down in Portland and Seattle

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According to a previous post on the Seattle Education blog, Parents Across America, Seattle: Part of Protest at Apple Store: Steve Jobs with Apple has gotten on the ed reform bandwagon and is offering free iPads to Teach for America recruits but of course none to real teachers who have teaching experience, degrees in education and have devoted their lives to their school communities.  Nope, this is for the TFA, Inc. recruits with five weeks of training to teach to …

PAA opposes House charter school bill

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Today Parents Across America (PAA) released a position paper opposing HR 2218, the so-called “Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act.”

Presentation to Department of Ed public meeting on assessment

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The June 10 USDE “Automated Scoring of Summative Assessments” public meeting in Chicago was eerily like a Pentagon briefing for vendors on the latest weapons technology. USDE’s Ann Whelan, who chaired the meeting, actually wrapped up the day by saying, “We need to be bold and move the industry forward.” I wondered if we should all salute as she walked out. The meeting was about creating computer-based and computer-scored assessments, a topic that seemed to be over the heads of …