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Our voices….our t-shirt….
Read PAA’s 2017 survey report: “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”
Handy parent resource list on current issues
Archive of PAA newsletters from September 2016
Is there a PAA chapter or affiliate in your state?
JOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!

A message of hope from Helen Gym

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“We’ve built a movement that will not only hold accountable people like U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos but will also lift up a vision of vibrant public schools and restore them to the center of our civic life.”  Helen Gym PAA founding member Helen Gym has had a remarkable year and a half since taking office as a city councilperson in Philadelphia. We receive regular emails with updates on Helen’s activities and accomplishments. This particular email from August 3 stood …

PAA Virginia leader testifies on data privacy, SEL

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Parents Across America-Roanoke Valley leader, Laura Bowman, spoke at a Virginia Board of Education Hearing in earlier this month. She shared parent concerns about student data privacy and standardizing and assessing children’s emotional quotients. She used some of the facts Rachael Stickland, co-chair of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy, shared in her recent testimony before the US House Committee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, found here https://www.studentprivacymatters.org/rachael-stickland-testifies-before-the-u-s-house-subcommittee-on-early-childhood-elementary-and-secondary-education/. Laura gave the Virginia Board of Education a copy of …

PAA-Oregon fighting Stand for Children’s school board power grab

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Deb Mayer, a member of the PAA Board of Directors and leader of PAA-Oregon, was mentioned in Diane Ravitch’s blog a couple of weeks ago. Diane shared a link to Deb’s article about the vicious attack on a Portland school board member by Stand for Children, which had backed a losing candidate in a recent school board election. Looking for enough votes to push their corporate education agenda, SFC is using some slimy techniques and a bushel of Gates money …

ADD YOUR VOICE! PAA’s national parent survey is here!

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Parents, we care about what you think! Parents Across America National Parent Survey 2017 Real Parent Choice – Real Parent Voice   Some of our nation’s leaders claim to know what parents care about. They use the term “parental choice” to promote privatization of our public school system through charter schools and vouchers. Their agenda depends on the idea that parents want to shop around for a school the way we do for a cell phone provider. We do not …

Follow-up resource list for parent survey participants

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We mentioned many different issues on our Summer 2017 national parent survey. Here are links to PAA resources that address some of these issues.   EdTech: Documentation paper on the risks of misuse and overuse of digital technology “Our Children @ Risk: PAA Challenges EdTech” PAA opposes federal and state initiatives that undermine student data privacy Please also see “Parents Toolkit for Student Privacy”   Test Stress: Parents Stand up Against Test Stress (July 2015 rev. Feb 2016) Fact Sheet: …

Survey contest and other details

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Thank you for participating in our parent survey! We invite you to join our newsletter mailing list and sign up for our contest drawing! To sign up for the newsletter, please fill out the information here. Enter the contest drawing by completing the survey. At the end of the survey is a space to include your name and mailing address, which is optional but will enter you into the contest. Prizes include the following books signed personally by the authors: …

PAAer letter to Salt Lake Tribune on DeVos visit

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US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was recently in Salt Lake City speaking at a $3000 per person event. Here’s a highlight of her speech, which clearly indicates DeVos’s limited understanding of the value and role of public education: “The simple fact is that if a school is not meeting a child’s unique needs, then that school is failing that child. Think of it like your cell phone. AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile may all have great networks, but if you can’t …

Spying on students: EFF report confirms PAA EdTech privacy concerns

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For some time now, PAA has been raising red flags about the rapidly expanding use of education technology (EdTech) in our schools. Last summer we published a series of fact sheets and a 35-page documentation paper detailing some of the many concerns we have about EdTech. Since then, we have urged parents to ask questions at your local schools and supported legislative and other efforts to require more transparency and accountability from EdTech programs and businesses. PAA’s concerns are multi-faceted. …

Sample letter to your legislator about establishing screen time guidelines

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We are so pleased that a committee of the Maryland state legislature is considering a bill to establish health and safety guidelines for the use of digital devices in schools. This is a great model for other states. We suggest that you contact your state legislators (and you could also try local city officials) asking them to introduce a similar bill. Here’s a sample email: Dear (legislator) We would like to request that you consider sponsoring a bill in this …

Vouchers may harm student learning

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We included the following message in today’s fax message to Congress. A pdf version of this information is here: voucherstudies3-17: Parents Across America (PAA) is very concerned that, in his speech to Congress last night, President Trump renewed his call to spend millions of federal education dollars on school vouchers. His Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, is also a strong voucher proponent. PAA opposes voucher programs because they redirect scarce money away from our public school system, may cross constitutional lines …