Now that ESEA has become the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, new rules must be drafted to implement the law. The US Department of Education recently requested nominations for people representing various constituencies to help negotiate these rules. Thirty-one groups came together to nominate PAA’s Julie Woestehoff to represent parents and students.
You can read a copy of the nomination letter here.
This kind of position often goes almost automatically to the National PTA. PAA and other groups have been concerned that the PTA has taken millions from the Gates Foundation to promote Common Core and CC testing, and is no longer an independent voice for parents. For example, they recently came out against a parents’ right to opt their children out of testing.
The nomination letter states that “it is essential that the committee include negotiators representing independent grassroots parent and advocacy groups in order for its regulatory recommendations to reflect a genuine consensus.”
Let’s see what USDE thinks is important….
The groups that nominated Julie are:
Alliance for Quality Education (NY)
Center for Commercial Free Childhood
Change the Stakes (NY)
Class Size Matters (NY)
Coalition to Defend Public Education (Providence, RI)
Citizens for Public Schools (MA)
Families United for Public Education (WI)
More Than A Score (Chicago)
More Than a Score (Oak Park)
Network for Public Education
Parent Coalition for Student Privacy
Parents Across America
Parents Across Rhode Island
Parents United for Public Education (PA)
Public Schools First (NC)
PAA-Roanoke Valley (VA)
PAA-Suburban Philadelphia (PA)
Michigan Parents for Schools (MI)
PAA NorthEast Texas
Port Washington Advocates for Public Education (NY)
Public Education Matters Georgia
Quality Education for Every Student (QUEST) (MA)
Raise Your Hand for IL Public Education
Time Out from Testing (NY)