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Another far-right-funded film, another false story about schools

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The far-right funders who brought us the anti-public-education, anti-teacher, anti-union movie “Waiting for ‘Superman’ ” are back with another fake story claiming to be “inspired by actual events.” This time they hired big-name actors:  Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Holly Hunter. The movie is purportedly based on the Parent Trigger, a hot fad among education reformers that was created by and for forces whose goal is to divert public money into private pockets, attempting to masquerade as a tool for …

Charter school battle erupts in rustic California hamlet

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UPDATE: The forces that were trying to charterize the school as described below have dropped the proposal. Note from Parents Across America founding member Caroline Grannan in San Francisco: Lagunitas, Calif., is a tree-shaded, rustic community in West Marin County on a road that winds from the suburbs north of San Francisco westward to the rugged coast. And now Lagunitas has joined a list of communities of all kinds and sizes split apart by battles over charter schools. Parents are …

Newest testing outrage involves pro-charter school propaganda in Chicago assessments

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 28, 2012 Contact: Julie Woestehoff, Parents United for Responsible Education, Chicago, 773-538-1135 Leonie Haimson, Class Size Matters, New York City, 917-435-9329 Pamela Grundy, Mecklenburg ACTS, Charlotte, 704-375-4222 Newest testing outrage involves pro-charter school propaganda in Chicago assessments Parents Across America leaders say “Enough is enough!” – call for an end to high-stakes testing, greater test transparency and parental opt-out rights A few weeks ago it was “Pineapple-gate,” a testing scandal exposed by Parents Across America co-founder …

Another scandal – charter propaganda on the test

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Today, with some help from me, Chicago Sun-Times education reporter Rosalind Rossi exposes yet another standardized testing scandal, this one on a Scantron test that was used several times in the Chicago Public Schools as part of an interim, or benchmark, reading assessment. Scantron is a national standardized test that CPS has been using for a couple of years as a computerized replacement for the quarterly Learning First and Benchmark Assessment tests. These tests cover a narrow set of skills …

An open letter to President Obama about Romney's class size comments

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If you want to send your own message to Obama about class size, you can do it via his  campaign website. Dear President Obama: Yesterday, Mitt Romney went to visit a charter school in Philadelphia and got real push back from teachers when he said class size doesn’t matter.  A video of their remarks is below.  As a principal of a charter school pointed out, “There was a study done by the University of Tennessee, a definitive study about class …

An open letter to President Obama about Romney’s class size comments

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If you want to send your own message to Obama about class size, you can do it via his  campaign website. Dear President Obama: Yesterday, Mitt Romney went to visit a charter school in Philadelphia and got real push back from teachers when he said class size doesn’t matter.  A video of their remarks is below.  As a principal of a charter school pointed out, “There was a study done by the University of Tennessee, a definitive study about class …

PAA highlights ALEC influence on North Carolina education policy

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Republican members of the North Carolina Senate recently introduced an education bill that bears the distinctive stamp of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). PAA affiliate MecklenburgACTS has taken a leading role in publicizing the origins and the implications of the bill, as in this story broadcast by Charlotte’s NPR affiliate, WFAE. In it, PAA co-founder Pamela Grundy says of the bill: “It’s not tailored to North Carolina, it doesn’t arise out of the concerns of North Carolinians. In fact, I …

Video: "Shock doctrine" used to privatize Philadelphia public schools

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Philadelphia parents, students and activists protest the radical restructuring and privatization of their public schools. Helen Gym, Parents Across America member, points out how  these proposals are an example of the “shock doctrine” — using the fiscal crisis as an excuse to hand over public goods to private hands, for their own financial gain.

Video: “Shock doctrine” used to privatize Philadelphia public schools

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Philadelphia parents, students and activists protest the radical restructuring and privatization of their public schools. Helen Gym, Parents Across America member, points out how  these proposals are an example of the “shock doctrine” — using the fiscal crisis as an excuse to hand over public goods to private hands, for their own financial gain.

Parent "choice" is not parent voice

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Parents Across America’s Response to Testimony before the House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing held May 16, 2012 “Exploring State Success in Expanding Parent and Student Options” Yesterday, a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing which was promoted as a discussion on “state efforts to expand parental engagement.” However, the title of the actual hearing (see heading above) and the testimony of three of the four invited speakers, made it clear …