In solidarity with the students: parents say, “Time’s up”Wal*Mart “wins” PAA’s first Bad Apple awardOur voices….our t-shirt….Read PAA’s 2017 survey report: “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”Handy parent resource list on current issuesArchive of PAA newsletters from September 2016Is there a PAA chapter or affiliate in your state?JOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!
In solidarity with the students: parents say, “Time’s up”
Wal*Mart “wins” PAA’s first Bad Apple award
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!

Parent “choice” is not parent voice

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Parents Across America’s Response to Testimony before the House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing held May 16, 2012 “Exploring State Success in Expanding Parent and Student Options” Yesterday, a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing which was promoted as a discussion on “state efforts to expand parental engagement.” However, the title of the actual hearing (see heading above) and the testimony of three of the four invited speakers, made it clear …

Parent "choice" is not parent voice

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Parents Across America’s Response to Testimony before the House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing held May 16, 2012 “Exploring State Success in Expanding Parent and Student Options” Yesterday, a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing which was promoted as a discussion on “state efforts to expand parental engagement.” However, the title of the actual hearing (see heading above) and the testimony of three of the four invited speakers, made it clear …

PAA’s Sharon Higgins on 60 Minutes Gulen Charter Schools report

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My response to 60 Minutes’ piece on the Gulen Movement Those of us who have been aware of the Gulen movement’s stealth involvement in an enormous network of publicly-funded charter schools are pleased that CBS News finally gave the situation wide national coverage. However, the 60 Minutes segment broadcast last Sunday, May 13, left out a number of important things.  [NOTE: They (and you!) should be following @CASILIPS on Twitter.] What 60 Minutes omitted 60 Minutes should have independently verified …

PAA's Sharon Higgins on 60 Minutes Gulen Charter Schools report

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My response to 60 Minutes’ piece on the Gulen Movement Those of us who have been aware of the Gulen movement’s stealth involvement in an enormous network of publicly-funded charter schools are pleased that CBS News finally gave the situation wide national coverage. However, the 60 Minutes segment broadcast last Sunday, May 13, left out a number of important things.  [NOTE: They (and you!) should be following @CASILIPS on Twitter.] What 60 Minutes omitted 60 Minutes should have independently verified …

New TX Re-districting Map Splits Austin School District in Half

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Lorie Barzano, Co-Chair, CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools), PAA affiliate and parent led group representing 20 public school campuses in Austin’s urban core, which has a vision of quality, accessible public education for all. According to the most recent US Census, Texas again gained population during the past ten years. That means TX legislators have re-drawn electoral district maps for the second time since the start of the 21st century. Imagine a good old fashioned land grab in Texas! Needless …

video: Stop cutting our schools & stop the circus, now!

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This great video was made by public school parents in California; but could be applied nearly every state and district where they are cutting school budgets. Where is the corporate control crowd on this issue?  Too busy promoting charters and high-stakes testing? Sponsored by Educate Our State and Directed by Brent Jones

video: Stop cutting our schools & stop the circus, now!

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This great video was made by public school parents in California; but could be applied nearly every state and district where they are cutting school budgets. Where is the corporate control crowd on this issue?  Too busy promoting charters and high-stakes testing? Sponsored by Educate Our State and Directed by Brent Jones

“Tell us a secret”: another creepy test question

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The skeletons are flying out of the test publishers’ closets, and parents are getting angrier and angrier. This week it was an essay question on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge, which asked students to write about a secret that was hard to keep. According to the AP, the dad who learned about this question from his twin 9-year-old sons said, “All of the sudden, you have in a sense Big Brother checking out the secrets of families.” …

"Tell us a secret": another creepy test question

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The skeletons are flying out of the test publishers’ closets, and parents are getting angrier and angrier. This week it was an essay question on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge, which asked students to write about a secret that was hard to keep. According to the AP, the dad who learned about this question from his twin 9-year-old sons said, “All of the sudden, you have in a sense Big Brother checking out the secrets of families.” …

High KIPP attrition must be part of San Francisco discussion

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The KIPP charter school chain, which operates two charter middle schools here in San Francisco, is applying to open a high school. This is a local issue, but relates to similar situations that are widely discussed in other parts of the country. I’m posting figures on attrition from the existing KIPP middle schools. The number indicates students who left and were not replaced. A 2008 study of the (then-existing) Bay Area KIPP schools by SRI International showed a 60% attrition …