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Judge: Parents can't rescind "parent trigger" signatures

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By Caroline Grannan Parents Across America founding member, San Francisco Updated July 24 The parent trigger, an idea presented by the voices of corporate education “reform” as parent empowerment, won a round in court this week. Ironically, the court came down firmly in favor of disempowering parents, as the parent trigger’s sponsors had requested. The ruling by a California Superior Court judge decreed that parents who have signed a parent trigger petition do not have the right to change their …

Judge: Parents can’t rescind “parent trigger” signatures

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By Caroline Grannan Parents Across America founding member, San Francisco Updated July 24 The parent trigger, an idea presented by the voices of corporate education “reform” as parent empowerment, won a round in court this week. Ironically, the court came down firmly in favor of disempowering parents, as the parent trigger’s sponsors had requested. The ruling by a California Superior Court judge decreed that parents who have signed a parent trigger petition do not have the right to change their …

Video: ALEC's plot to raid our schools through virtual learning

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Parents Across America was one of the first organizations to shine a light on the nefarious activities of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council which promotes privatization of our schools, through charters, vouchers, and online learning. See the new video below, starring Karran Harper Royal, one of PAA’s founders, about how ALEC is pushing substandard virtual learning in state legislatures throughout the country, in order to reap huge corporate profits for the privateers and defraud our kids.

Video: ALEC’s plot to raid our schools through virtual learning

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Parents Across America was one of the first organizations to shine a light on the nefarious activities of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council which promotes privatization of our schools, through charters, vouchers, and online learning. See the new video below, starring Karran Harper Royal, one of PAA’s founders, about how ALEC is pushing substandard virtual learning in state legislatures throughout the country, in order to reap huge corporate profits for the privateers and defraud our kids.

Are charter schools the answer to – or one reason for – Chicago’s violence?

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Twenty-four students were fatally shot during the school year that ended June 15, four fewer than in the 2010-11 year. But the overall shooting toll — 319 — was the highest in four years and a nearly 22 percent increase from the previous school year. The rise in shootings of CPS students compounds concerns over an alarming increase in the city’s homicide rate. Through June 17, homicides are up about 38 percent citywide this year compared with the same period in …

Chicago Board of Ed Turns Deaf Ear to Parents

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This editorial by Becky Malone, the leader of PAA-affiliate 19th Ward Parents, appeared in today’s Chicago Sun-Times: The monthly Chicago Board of Education public meeting is a farce. Every month, for seven months now, our organization, 19th Ward Parents, has attended the meeting to address our concerns regarding an unfunded longer school day and the lack of respect for our teachers and their craft. Under the illusion of inclusion, we have taken off work, found child care for our children, …

Video: Arts Education is essential and builds 21st century skills

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Hilary Frambes, a PAA member from Ohio, made this video about the importance of arts education, which is being cut from many schools. Please watch and visit her website for more videos and information.

Princeton’s Commencement: how to really honor teachers

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Christopher Campisano, director of Princeton’s Program in Teacher Preparation and President Tilghman  with NJ teachers honored at Commencement: (from left) Enzo Paterno, Victorina Wasmuth, Dana Maloney,  and Daniel Kaplan. (Photo by Denise Applewhite) A few weeks ago, I attended my daughter’s graduation from Princeton University.  I was impressed with several events that occurred during the festivities.  First of all, at several of the ceremonies, parents were thanked by Princeton administrators, professors and the students themselves for supporting their efforts.  At …

Princeton's Commencement: how to really honor teachers

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Christopher Campisano, director of Princeton’s Program in Teacher Preparation and President Tilghman  with NJ teachers honored at Commencement: (from left) Enzo Paterno, Victorina Wasmuth, Dana Maloney,  and Daniel Kaplan. (Photo by Denise Applewhite) A few weeks ago, I attended my daughter’s graduation from Princeton University.  I was impressed with several events that occurred during the festivities.  First of all, at several of the ceremonies, parents were thanked by Princeton administrators, professors and the students themselves for supporting their efforts.  At …

Connect, Direct, Solidify: Maximize Mass, Minimize Cash

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Lorie Barzano, Co-Chair, CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools), PAA affiliate and grassroots, parent led group representing 20 public school campuses in Austin’s urban core, which has a vision of quality, accessible public education for all. You can contact Lorie at coalitionsaus@gmail.com. These days, it can seem like a new charter school pushes to open daily, state legislators sponsor ALEC-backed bills on a weekly basis, local school districts propose a school closure every month and the school year does not end …