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Press Releases

South Carolina Parents Oppose Corporate Ed Reform

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South Carolina: Parent Opposition and Resistance on Ed Reform Initiatives For Immediate Release March 27, 2012 Contact Person: Sarah Johnson Phone: (803) 920-4058, (843) 819-8933 Email: CVedu20@gmail.com Local Parent/Teacher Advocacy Group Welcomes US Secretary of Education to Town Charleston, SC – Charleston Area Community Voice for Education, an affiliate of Parents Across America, extends a welcome to US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, who will be participating in a local round-table discussion on educational reform and touring James Simons Elementary …

Media Alert: PARENT PRESS CONFERENCE in Baton Rouge today

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PARENTS PRESS CONFERENCE in Baton Rouge When:                  2:00 p.m. today, March 22, 2012 Where:                 Steps of the Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA Reference:         H B 976 Contact:               Karran Harper Royal, with “Parents Across America” Phone:                 504-722-8174 E-mail:                  karranroyal@yahoo.com Attached and copied below is a press release for a Parents’ Press Conference, featuring several organizations of parents with specific concerns about HB 976. _______________________________________________________ For immediate release Parents to Hold Press Conference 2 p.m. Today on Steps of the Capitol Baton Rouge, …

Parents Across America hails defeat of Florida’s Parent Trigger bill

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For immediate release: March 10, 2012 Contacts: Rita Solnet, Boca Raton: (561) 289-7333; rsolnet@aol.com Caroline Grannan, San Francisco: (415) 412-5758; cgrannan@gmail.com Parents Across America hails defeat of Florida’s Parent Trigger bill: A victory of parents over forces that would privatize and profit from our public schools Public education and true parent empowerment were the winners after a “Parent Trigger” law died on the floor of the Florida State Senate on March 9, said Rita Solnet, a Florida parent activist and …

Florida Parent Groups Frustrated by Lack of Access

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Check your pockets when a Corporate Education reformer claims to care about parent empowerment; nearly always, as in this case, they are working for their own private ends. For immediate release.Tallahassee, Florida On Saturday, March 3, 2012,  for the third time in a matter of weeks, a real Florida parent was cut off mid-sentence during testimony opposing SB 1718/”Parent Empowerment” and told by a sitting Senator that there was no time.  This came after the Senate Budget Committee listened to …

Parents Across America gives a thumb down to the Parent Trigger in NY

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For immediate release: January 11, 2012 Leonie Haimson, Class Size Matters, leonie@classsizematters.org, 917-435-9329 Caroline Grannan, Parents Across America, cgrannan@gmail.com, 415-412-5758 Today, a pro-charter school organization launched in New York called NY-CAN, and announced they will be advocating for a version of the so-called “Parent Trigger” legislation to be passed in New York State.  The organization is headed by Christina Grant, former deputy director of NYC Department of Education’s Office of Charter Schools. The Parent Trigger law was first passed in …

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.”

Stealth U.S. charter network linked to Gulen raises concerns

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The New York Times this week published an investigative report about the financial practices of a sizable group of Texas charter schools being operated by the followers of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Islamic religious leader “whose devotees have built a worldwide religious, social and nationalistic movement in his name.” While the New York Times focused on Texas schools, members of the Gulen movement have actually started schools all over the United States – approximately 120 charter schools in 25 states, …

PAA press release on new ESEA position paper

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It’s time for lawmakers to listen to parents! National parent group reaches out to Congress on ESEA, demanding less testing and privatization and more proven, effective reforms As Congress considers the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, aka No Child Left Behind), Parents Across America, a national network of public school parents, will be calling on our U. S. Senators and Congressmen this week to share our concerns about the direction of federal education policy, and offer …

PAA press release on "Parent Trigger" legislation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2011 Contact: Leonie Haimson (NYC): 917-435-9329; leonieh@parentsacrossamerica.org Julie Woestehoff (Chicago):  773-538-1135; juliew@parentsacrossamerica.org Bill Ring (LA): 310-600-2015; billr@parentsacrossamerica.org Andrea Mérida (Denver): 303-550-0677; andream@parentsacrossamerica.org Caroline Grannan (SF): 415-412-5758; carolineg@parentsacrossamerica.org Julia Sass Rubin (NJ): 609-683-0046; jlsrubin@verizon.net Parents Across America: We oppose Parent Trigger laws Reform should rely on proven solutions that involve parents from the ground up and improve rather than privatize schools With California’s so-called Parent Empowerment Act drawing national media attention as a school reform panacea, …

We object to unbalanced witness list of House Ed Committee hearings

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The Education and Workforce Committee of the US House of Representatives is holding hearings on “innovation” in education policy today. The  list of witnesses completely excludes the people who have the greatest stake in public school improvement – parents. The witnesses also represent a single, ideologically driven approach to educational policy that has yet to produce significant benefits for American schoolchildren. All four witnesses are pro-privatization: Dr. Tony Bennett, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction,  a strong supporter of charter schools …