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On class size, will the federal government listen to parents, as did NZ?

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The Obama administration has proposed that in next year’s education budget, 25 percent  of the funds available to school districts to reduce class size or keep teachers on staff be diverted to a competitive grant program to create and expand “new pathways” to teaching – e.g. to help fund organizations like Teach For America. That would mean a cut of more than $600 million, and if approved, would lead to even larger classes in schools throughout the country next year.  …

Parents from PAA-CT testify vs. high-stakes testing

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Connecticut is currently in the process of developing a new statewide teacher evaluation system. The proposed system originally called for 22.5% of every teacher’s evaluation to be based on standardized tests, despite the overwhelming evidence that basing teacher evaluations on standardized tests is completely unreliable, and despite the fact that currently in Connecticut, not all subjects or grades have standardized tests. Thus, the proposed system would either result in teachers being evaluated on tests taken in courses and/or grades they …

Grassroots or astroturf? Parents, be aware!

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Here’s just one example of the trickery that “reform” groups like Parent Revolution use to promote their school privatization agenda, from PAA-Florida’s Rita Solnet. Shirley Ford, a Parent Revolution organizer, while testifying to the Florida Senate Committee on its proposed “Parent Engagement” (parent trigger) bill, said that Parent Revolution was a grassroots group. Later, under questioning, Ms. Ford was forced to elaborate on her precise role with Parent Revolution, explaining that she was paid to organize parents involving the parent …

Parents’ secret anti-charter weapons: wit, talent, YouTube

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Parents in a tiny school district in West Marin County, Calif., just fought off an effort to charterize their school. You knew they couldn’t lose after viewing their musical video urging signers of the charter petition to rescind their signatures. Lagunitas School District Charter School Blues

Parents' secret anti-charter weapons: wit, talent, YouTube

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Parents in a tiny school district in West Marin County, Calif., just fought off an effort to charterize their school. You knew they couldn’t lose after viewing their musical video urging signers of the charter petition to rescind their signatures. Lagunitas School District Charter School Blues

Parent Trigger flap over paid flacks vs. real advocates

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By Caroline Grannan Parents Across America founding member, San Francisco Recently the Obama campaign hired a staffer named Linda Serrato, who has been deputy communications director at Parent Revolution, the Los Angeles-based organization behind the Parent Trigger. Serrato previously worked for Obama’s past campaign and before that for Hillary Clinton’s, according to the Parent Revolution website. Parent Revolution didn’t try to conceal the fact that Serrato was a paid employee — it would have no reason to, as paid spokespeople …

Parents flunk Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 For more information contact: Leonie Haimson: 917-435-9329; leonieh@parentsacrossamerica.org Julie Woestehoff: 773-538-1135; juliew@parentsacrossamerica.org  Rhee report card exposes flaws in corporate agenda and failures to push through legislation in many states this year Parents Across America (PAA) unveiled a report card (in pdf and below) today that gave Michelle Rhee’s education lobbying organization, StudentsFirst, failing grades. The report card grades Rhee on her position on issues and on legislation she pushed in states across the country this year. …

Parents flunk Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 For more information contact: Leonie Haimson: 917-435-9329; leonieh@parentsacrossamerica.org Julie Woestehoff: 773-538-1135; juliew@parentsacrossamerica.org  Rhee report card exposes flaws in corporate agenda and failures to push through legislation in many states this year Parents Across America (PAA) unveiled a report card (in pdf and below) today that gave Michelle Rhee’s education lobbying organization, StudentsFirst, failing grades. The report card grades Rhee on her position on issues and on legislation she pushed in states across the country this year. …

Fact-checking "Won't Back Down" Parent Trigger propaganda flick

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By Caroline Grannan Parents Across America founding member, San Francisco With the star power of “Won’t Back Down,” this far-right-funded propaganda film — starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter and Viola Davis — may get some attention and reviews. For those in search of the truth, here’s a brief response to the movie’s version of events, as shown (so far) in the trailer. The movie purports to be “inspired by real events,” which would have to mean the 2010 Parent Trigger …

Fact-checking “Won’t Back Down” Parent Trigger propaganda flick

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By Caroline Grannan Parents Across America founding member, San Francisco With the star power of “Won’t Back Down,” this far-right-funded propaganda film — starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter and Viola Davis — may get some attention and reviews. For those in search of the truth, here’s a brief response to the movie’s version of events, as shown (so far) in the trailer. The movie purports to be “inspired by real events,” which would have to mean the 2010 Parent Trigger …