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What Parents need to know: FAQ “Won’t Back Down” & Parent Trigger

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On Tuesday, August 14 a Concert called TEACHERS ROCK, presented by Walmart  & promoting the movie “Won’t Back Down” will be held in LA: with appearances from Carrie Underwood, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Garner, Matthew Morrison, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Usher, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and others. On Friday, August 17 the concert will be aired on CBS. The movie itself, “Won’t Back Down,” will premiere September 28. This film already has sparked much controversy.  Below see an FAQ explaining why.  …

Beyond the parent trigger hype & propaganda: Just the Facts

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This fact sheet is also available as a downloadable pdf. Researched by Caroline Grannan, San Francisco Parents Across America founding member 1. There have been no successful parent triggers anywhere. Only two parent triggers have been attempted, both in Southern California. [i] 2. The organization that created the parent trigger, Parent Revolution, organized both of those campaigns.[ii] 3. Parent Revolution has been inaccurately described as “grassroots” and as founded by concerned mothers. Actually, Parent Revolution was created by charter school …

Beyond the parent trigger hype & propaganda: Just the Facts

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This fact sheet is also available as a downloadable pdf. Researched by Caroline Grannan, San Francisco Parents Across America founding member 1. There have been no successful parent triggers anywhere. Only two parent triggers have been attempted, both in Southern California. [i] 2. The organization that created the parent trigger, Parent Revolution, organized both of those campaigns.[ii] 3. Parent Revolution has been inaccurately described as “grassroots” and as founded by concerned mothers. Actually, Parent Revolution was created by charter school …

Time to tweet the stars!

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The propaganda campaign for the parent trigger law created by charter school operators and promoted by ALEC is in full swing. The big kick-off event is a concert called “Teachers Rock.” Like the “parent tricker” itself, this concert pretends to honor teachers while promoting a movie, “Won’t Back Down,” that is designed to get a lot of them fired and replaced by Teach for America newbies. The concert will take place this Tuesday, Aug, 14th, at the Nokia Theater in …

video: Karran Harper Royal and Jose Vilson at Netroots 2012

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Karran Harper Royal, parent advocate and a founding member of Parents Across America and PAA-NOLA, speaks at Netroots 2012 about how the model of privatization of education in New Orleans is not a model to be replicated and how she is organizing resistance to this myth. In addition, Jose Vilson talks about how the public release of the teacher data reports has helped mobilize teachers and anti-testing advocates in NYC.

video: Diane Ravitch speaks out at the AFT convention

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Diane Ravitch, our movement’s standard-bearer for real reform, at the AFT national conference On July 28, 2012. Why value-added evaluation based on test scores is junk science, and why firing teachers is not a school improvement strategy. Essential viewing for all.

video: Mario Savio on whether education is a business

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Mario Savio, student protester at UC Berkeley in 1964, with his eloquent critique of treating education as a business and students as “products.” His words are even more relevant today with the near total domination of the corporate reform mentality.

Louisiana’s Worthless Accountability Plan for Voucher Schools

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Karran Harper Royal is founder of Parents Across America – NOLA and author of this column, cross-posted on her blog, Education Talk New Orleans. Karran is a dynamic speaker, an expert in many areas, including special education and charters, has been featured in this comic book, and has been invited to speak before the teachers union in New Zealand this summer.  This post focuses on the hypocrisy of the privateers like the Louisiana State Superintendent John White, who demand high …

Students1st offering gift cards to those making "pro-reform" comments

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Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst is well known for its deceptive tactics of posting seemingly harmless petitions calling to an end to student bullying, for example, or opposing firing good teachers, and then claiming all the people who unknowing sign them as one of their members. Even well-informed PAA members, completely opposed to the goals of this astroturf group, have been caught in her trap. See the below email just sent out by the one of the managers of the StudentsFirst Florida …

Students1st offering gift cards to those making “pro-reform” comments

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Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst is well known for its deceptive tactics of posting seemingly harmless petitions calling to an end to student bullying, for example, or opposing firing good teachers, and then claiming all the people who unknowing sign them as one of their members. Even well-informed PAA members, completely opposed to the goals of this astroturf group, have been caught in her trap. See the below email just sent out by the one of the managers of the StudentsFirst Florida …