Position paper: Why PAA opposes mass school closingsPAA-New Orleans chapter protests charter school discrimination against disabled studentsParent “choice”: Schools choose – students loseParents VotePAA marchers begin the SOS March July 2011Founders speak at PAA kickoff forum, Feb. 8, 2011
Position paper: Why PAA opposes mass school closings
PAA-New Orleans chapter protests charter school discrimination against disabled students
Parent “choice”: Schools choose – students lose
Parents Vote
PAA marchers begin the SOS March July 2011
Founders speak at PAA kickoff forum, Feb. 8, 2011

A great day for public education

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Report from the 4-state regional Parents Across America/Public Schools Across America action planning meeting on February 25, 2013 Seventy-five public school activists from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois braved ice and cold to come together for a half-day regional action planning meeting in Fort Wayne, Indiana, this past Saturday, Feb 23. This energetic and positive meeting was a great start to what we hope will be coordinated action across our four states and beyond to support and strengthen public schools …

PAA’s new weekly “Parent Voices Weekly Education Fax” to Congress

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Yesterday PAA launched our new weekly education update for legislators and anyone else who should be hearing more about education issues from the parents’ point of view. Our fax went to all the members of the U. S. House and Senate education committees. We will post them every week on our blog and link to that in our newsletter. We hope that you will also send these as faxes, e-mails, or snail mails to your Congresspersons and other elected officials. …

Parents Across America statement in support of Portland student test boycott

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Parents Across America (PAA) stands in support of the Portland Public Schools Student Union and the Portland Student Union in their opt-out campaign against the state-mandated OAKS test. 

 Excessive reliance on standardized exams narrows the curriculum, promotes teaching to the test, and leads to unfair and unreliable evaluations of students, teachers, and schools. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act and the recent NCLB waivers harm our schools by promoting an overemphasis on testing and punitive mandates that are …

Chicago parents in solidarity with Seattle teachers

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Press Alert February 4, 2013 Chicago Public School parents to pass petitions to limit CPS testing  Joining National Day of Action to Support Seattle MAP Test Boycott Who: Parents from at least 34 CPS schools will be passing petitions opposing the misuse and overuse of tests in CPS.   What: The petitions ask CPS and the Chicago Board of Education to limit standardized testing and provide more transparency about the cost, amount and stakes of the 22 tests now being …

Better than tests- a Chicago forum with FairTest’s Monty Neill

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If not tests, then what? That question was soundly answered On January 24, 2013, at the forum, “Assessments that Make Sense” in the south side Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. A room crowded with parents, teachers, students and community members from all over the city heard FairTest’s Monty Neill  (pictured right) present two successful alternatives to standardized testing accountability: the Performance Assessment student project-based model used in New York in place of state Regents’ exams, and the Learning Record, a teacher- …

Why, as a parent, I support Garfield teachers’ opposition to excessive and inaccurate testing

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By Sue Peters, founding member, Parents Across America Originally published in EdVoices on January 30, 2013, republished with permission For his first school-library experience in kindergarten, my five-year-old son was not allowed to check out a book. Instead he was placed in front of a computer with a set of headphones and told to take a test for an hour. That was my family’s introduction to the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®), a computerized, adaptive test for math and English, …

First report on Journey for Justice 2 hearing in D.C.

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“We don’t just have failing schools; we have a failing system of epidemic proportions. Community and parent voices have been removed from the process and the privatization has removed all checks and balances so that the system is no longer accountable to the public,” said Karran Harper-Royal, parent with Parents Across America, New Orleans. “The answer is not charter schools, the answer is fortifying traditional public schools through a community-driven process.” FOR MORE INFORMATION: Laurie R. Glenn Phone: 773.704.7246 E-mail: …

Listen to the 1-27-13 PAA testing webinar

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Here is the link to PAA’s testing webinar which took place on Sunday, January 27, 2013. Our guests were: Sarah Richardson, teacher at Garfield High School and part of the MAP test boycott Shaun Johnson, a former public school teacher, current teacher educator and online radio show co-host of At the Chalk Face who is a founder of United Opt Out National. Monty Neill, Executive Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest). Dr. Neill  authored Implementing …

The Weekly Update: Seattle teachers stand firm, testing push back around the country, a parent offers ideas for those opt-out days and Yong Zhao on testing and standardization

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The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed. It’s been quite a week in our fair city. Many of us here in Seattle have watched the destruction of the teaching profession, schools and communities around the country based on the use of standardized test scores to further an agenda of corporate reform and privatization using the scorched earth approach to education and we do not want to see that happen in Seattle or anywhere else for …

PAA’s Karran Harper Royal and others to testify in DC on school closings’ discriminatory impact

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013 MEDIA ALERT  18 CITIES CONVERGE IN WASHINGTON D.C ON “JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE,” CALLING ON DEPT. OF EDUCATION TO END DISCRIMINATORY CLOSINGS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS National Movement Forms In Wake Of Mass School Closings & Turnarounds That Violate Civil Rights & Promote Divestment In Low-Income Communities Of Color WHAT:  Students, parents and advocacy representatives from 18 major United States cities will testify at a hearing before the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. …

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