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Rochester's Community Education Task Force vs. mayoral control

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Check out the work being done by one of our newest affiliates, the Community Education Task Force (CETF) in Rochester: The Community Education Task Force (CETF) is a coalition of Rochester City School District (RCSD) parents, grandparents, educators and community activists, which was formed in January 2010 for the purpose of defeating efforts to establish mayoral control of the RCSD. CETF worked collaboratively with the Rochester Teacher’s Association (RTA), Rochester Association of Paraprofessionals (RAP), Board of Education Non-Teaching Employees (BENTE), …

Andrea Mérida talks about Parents Across America

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Andrea Mérida of the Denver school board and founding member of PAA talks with Mario Solis-Marich of Colorado’s Progressive Talk radio (AM 760), about why parents need a national voice in educational policy.

Two new groups step into debate (WNYC radio)

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Parents Across America on WNYC radio (NPR affiliate in NYC) Two New Groups Step into Debate Over Teachers

Can we please stop arguing beans with bean counters?

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This was written by Tamar Wyschogrod of Morris County, head of  NJ Parents Against Gov. Christie’s School Budget Cuts , a new affiliate of Parents Across America; join their Facebook page and/or contact her at tamarw@optonline.net The idea that education is a business just like any other, and that we can be “successful” by running it like a business, is just plain wrong. The current generation of reformers thinks that, if they stay focused and never take their eye off …

Sacramento: poised to become ground zero of privatization

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See the report below from Kate  Lenox of the Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education, a new affiliate of Parents Across America. Sacramento parents and concerned citizens, please join their Facebook page,  or email Kate for more info at klenox@earthlink.net: The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education is a group of parents, teachers, and community members that has been fighting the privatization of public education here in Sacramento for eight years. We formed when the board of Sacramento City Unified …

Sue Peters on the damaging influence of venture philanthropy

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Sue Peters, founding member of Parents Across America and co-editor of the blog, Seattle Education 2010, speaks about the overwhelming influence of venture philanthropy on education policy, which is doing an “end run around democracy.” She points out how the strings attached to this funding “are binding our children and binding our teachers to policies that have failed and are damaging our schools.”

PAA Helps Sponsor Education Forward Summit- Jan 26, 2011

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Florida Education Forward! Summit – January 26, 2011 The challenges which Florida’s public education faces approach us with hurricane force this year.  After the recent election, those in the education profession might call it a Cat 5 storm, at that. January, I thought to myself,  is a time for new beginnings, new ideas, new cooperation.  Central in my mind was the thought that we simply cannot begin a new year re-hashing old reform ideas which sent us into a tailspin …

Why Do Chicago Students March Across the Street Every Day?

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By Julie Woestehoff of PURE and co-founder of Parents Across America Well, it’s not just to get to the other side. Since Monday, a handful of Advanced Placement students from Chicago’s South Shore Schools of the Arts and of Technology have been marching across the street for a mere 50 minutes of class in the brand-new, otherwise empty South Shore International College Prep High School building. Meanwhile, the rest of the students at these two small high schools are being …

Why I Am Not A Defender Of The 'Status Quo' In Education

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By Sue Peters, co-editor of the Seattle Education 2010 blog & founding member of Parents Across America Huffington Post, February 4, 2011 The current crowd of education reformers like to dismiss any of us who disagree with their agenda as “defenders of the status quo.” Nothing could be further from the truth. I am not a defender of the status quo in public education because the status quo is currently No Child Left Behind and its insidious spin-off Race to …

PAA news from the Charlotte-Observer

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Parents mobilize nationwide Pam Grundy, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools parent activist (and frequent poster to this blog), will be part of next week’s launch of Parents Across America, a coalition of parents who support equity, diversity and parent involvement in public education. She says the idea for a national parents’ network emerged as local activists realized that issues they were dealing with often originate on a national level. Big-money donors such as The Broad Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation …