Missed the webinar with Jesse Hagopian? Watch it here.Is there a PAA chapter or affiliate in your state?Watch the webinar – Our Children @ Risk: Stop the Ed Tech JuggernautThe violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closingsJOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed filmNPE 2016 conference report
Missed the webinar with Jesse Hagopian? Watch it here.
Is there a PAA chapter or affiliate in your state?
Watch the webinar – Our Children @ Risk: Stop the Ed Tech Juggernaut
The violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closings
JOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!
Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed film
NPE 2016 conference report

Austin School District Helps IDEA Charter Recruit against Parents' Will

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By Lorie Barzano, Co-Chair of CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools) CoalitionSAUS is a parent-led group representing inner-city public schools working to ensure accessible, quality Public Education for all children and healthy, thriving Public Schools in Austin’s urban core; contact  CoalitionSAUS@gmail.com for more information. During a special meeting on December 19, 2011, over the loud, repeated protests of thousands of parents and community members and under heavy police presence, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees approved a contract with IDEA Charter …

Austin School District Helps IDEA Charter Recruit against Parents’ Will

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By Lorie Barzano, Co-Chair of CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools) CoalitionSAUS is a parent-led group representing inner-city public schools working to ensure accessible, quality Public Education for all children and healthy, thriving Public Schools in Austin’s urban core; contact  CoalitionSAUS@gmail.com for more information. During a special meeting on December 19, 2011, over the loud, repeated protests of thousands of parents and community members and under heavy police presence, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees approved a contract with IDEA Charter …

The Gulen Movement’s connection to the largest US charter network

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By Sharon Higgins, founding member of Parents Across America Note: This is an expanded version of a guest post published in The Washington Post under Valerie Strauss’s column, The Answer Sheet, on March 27, 2012. The largest charter school network in the United States is operated by people in and associated with the Gulen Movement (GM), a secretive and controversial Turkish religious sect. With 135 schools enrolling more than 45,000 students, this network is substantially larger than KIPP, the well-known …

South Carolina Parents Oppose Corporate Ed Reform

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South Carolina: Parent Opposition and Resistance on Ed Reform Initiatives For Immediate Release March 27, 2012 Contact Person: Sarah Johnson Phone: (803) 920-4058, (843) 819-8933 Email: CVedu20@gmail.com Local Parent/Teacher Advocacy Group Welcomes US Secretary of Education to Town Charleston, SC – Charleston Area Community Voice for Education, an affiliate of Parents Across America, extends a welcome to US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, who will be participating in a local round-table discussion on educational reform and touring James Simons Elementary …

CT Gov proposes to take the public & parents out of public education

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by Wendy Lecker, cross-posted from the Stamford Advocate. The Connecticut Education Commissioner, Stefan Pryor, is a co-founder and former board member of Achievement First chain of charter schools.  If the Governor’s bill passes, Pryor will have the power to take over any struggling school in the state, eviscerating the power of the local school governance council, made up of parents and staff, as well as the district’s elected school board.  This proposal reveals clearly how the corporate reformers have no …

CT Gov proposes to take the public & parents out of public education

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by Wendy Lecker, cross-posted from the Stamford Advocate. The Connecticut Education Commissioner, Stefan Pryor, is a co-founder and former board member of Achievement First chain of charter schools.  If the Governor’s bill passes, Pryor will have the power to take over any struggling school in the state, eviscerating the power of the local school governance council, made up of parents and staff, as well as the district’s elected school board.  This proposal reveals clearly how the corporate reformers have no …

New research supports PAA LSC model

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Last week PAA celebrated alongside Florida parents with the defeat of so-called “parent trigger” legislation, which would have allowed parents in “low-performing” schools to vote to close it, fire all the staff, or turn it into a charter school. But that doesn’t mean that we are completely satisfied with our schools and see no need for improvement. In fact, we are very concerned about our schools. We’re especially upset about who is running many of the school systems right now …

Media Alert: PARENT PRESS CONFERENCE in Baton Rouge today

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PARENTS PRESS CONFERENCE in Baton Rouge When:                  2:00 p.m. today, March 22, 2012 Where:                 Steps of the Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA Reference:         H B 976 Contact:               Karran Harper Royal, with “Parents Across America” Phone:                 504-722-8174 E-mail:                  karranroyal@yahoo.com Attached and copied below is a press release for a Parents’ Press Conference, featuring several organizations of parents with specific concerns about HB 976. _______________________________________________________ For immediate release Parents to Hold Press Conference 2 p.m. Today on Steps of the Capitol Baton Rouge, …

Dissents from the status quo Council on Foreign Relations report

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The report released yesterday was written by a task force of the Council on Foreign Relations,  co-chaired by Joel Klein, former head of the NYC Department of Education and now working for Murdoch’s News Corp, and directed by Julia Levy, former PR flack for DOE.  The task force was stacked with privateers, including Wendy Kopp of TFA, her husband Richard Barth, CEO of KIPP, Jonah Edelman, head of Stand for Children, and Benno Schmidt, formerly CEO of the failed Edison …

ACLU letter & Moratorium on Charter Schools needed in Delaware!

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The follow is written by Annalisa Ekbladh, one of the founders of  Communities 4 Education, a new affiliate of Parents Across America.  For more information or to join the organization, email her at aekbladh@verizon.net The Delaware ACLU recently issued a letter to Delaware Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery (see below), prompted by the controversy surrounding a request to expand the Newark Charter School (NCS) lower grades and add a high school.  The ACLU joins opponents of this expansion, including Communities 4 Education,  the  …