The violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closingsPAA challenges negative effects of EdTechJOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed filmParents challenge PARCC/SBAC test secrecyNPE 2016 conference report
The violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closings
PAA challenges negative effects of EdTech
JOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!
Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed film
Parents challenge PARCC/SBAC test secrecy
NPE 2016 conference report

Illinois ESEA waiver request: more testing, please!

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Tomorrow, the Illinois State Board of Education will vote on an ESEA flexibility waiver application which will do little but add more tests to an already ridiculous state assessment system. Here are the comments I submitted to ISBE last week: “Stop teaching to the test”  – President Barack Obama, 2012 State of the Union Address In their November 22, 2011, joint letter announcing Illinois’ intent to pursue a waiver from NCLB, ISBE Chair Gery Chico and State Superintendent Christopher Koch …

The press finally wakes up to Parent Trigger scam

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By Caroline Grannan, San Francisco Parents Across America founding member The Parent Trigger, an education reform fad that started in California in early 2010 and is now being pushed as a miracle solution around the country, may have finally lost its magic with the mainstream media. The Feb. 19, 2012, Los Angeles Times ran an article about the latest (of two total) Parent Trigger projects, focusing on charges that the “campaign has divided the campus, destroyed friendships and given rise …

Texas Lives Up to Its Moniker as Lone STAAR State

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A Pause in Testing Madness

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By Pamela Grundy This time last year, residents of Charlotte, North Carolina faced a massive expansion of high-stakes standardized testing, aimed at making the students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools the most tested in the nation. That spring, students, teachers and parents endured the outbreak of what we soon called “testing madness.” On top of the regular state tests, teachers across Mecklenburg County were required to administer 52 new high-stakes standardized tests, part of superintendent Peter Gorman’s goal of testing every child …

PAA letter to House Education committee on ESEA

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The House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on new House proposals to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Some day we hope that the committee will include real parent voices in their hearings. Until then, we need to keep the letters coming, Here’s what we faxed to the committee members today (feel free to copy, sign, and send to your own congresspeople). We are working on a more detailed position statement on the …

Hear from PAA members how to fight back against corporate reform!

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Dear Friends: · Feeling overwhelmed by all the negative legislation and education policies being imposed by corporate reformers on your school or district?  Want to hear some advice on how you can fight back? Next  Monday night, Feb. 20 at 8 PM, Parents Across America will be sponsoring a conference call, open to all parents and concerned citizens, to brief you on strategies you can use to fight back against the damaging tide of privatization wreaking havoc our public schools. …

Hear from PAA members how to fight back against corporate reform!

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Dear Friends: · Feeling overwhelmed by all the negative legislation and education policies being imposed by corporate reformers on your school or district?  Want to hear some advice on how you can fight back? Next  Monday night, Feb. 20 at 8 PM, Parents Across America will be sponsoring a conference call, open to all parents and concerned citizens, to brief you on strategies you can use to fight back against the damaging tide of privatization wreaking havoc our public schools. …

Parents, students protest Noble charter network predatory discipline policy

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Press release – February 13th, 2012 Parents, Students: Noble Street Profiting from Predatory Discipline Code Practices spread as Mayor Emanuel promotes a hidden education tax on Chicago’s Black and Latino families FEBRUARY 13—With Mayor Emanuel expanding the Noble Street Charter Network as a model for public education throughout Chicago, community groups today released original data on the profits that the growing charter network is making from disciplinary fines imposed on low-income families. Hundreds of students, parents and supporters from Voices …

Diane Ravitch: Do Politicians know anything about education?

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Here are some important questions that the media — and parents — should be asking candidates for the Presidency on down to local school board elections. Cross-posted at Nieman Watchdog By Diane Ravitch gardendr@gmail.com 1. Both Republican candidates and President Obama are enamored of charter schools—that is, schools that are privately managed and deregulated. Are you aware that studies consistently show that charter schools don’t get better results than regular public schools? Are you aware that studies show that, like …

Parents: make your voice heard on your state’s NCLB waiver!

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Dear all: As you know, the U.S. Department of Education is offering a “waiver” of NCLB requirements (ESEA flexibility) to those states that agree to specific requirements. Unfortunately, these new requirements may be as onerous and expensive, if not more so, than NCLB itself. States must adopt new curricula, new tests, new sanctions/supports for the 15 percent lowest scoring schools, must link teacher and principal evaluations to standardized test scores, and instead of all students being “proficient” by 2014, all …