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

More Heat Than Light: The empty promise of the Parent Trigger

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Parents Across America’s position paper on the Parent Trigger is here.  The following commentary is by Bill Ring, a PAA member from Los Angeles and founder of TransParent®  The American Federation of Teachers apparently embarrassed themselves recently when their Connecticut affiliate was caught with a document on its website memorializing its strategy to defeat Connecticut’s version of California’s parent empowerment legislation (unfortunately known in California as the “parent trigger”). I went through the powerpoint credited to Connecticut AFT’s legislative advocate, …

The problem with Democrats and public school equity

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While Parents Across America is a non-partisan organization that does not advocate for any political party, I wanted to nevertheless offer what the community is saying in Denver about equity in schools.  This was originally posted at www.defensedenver.com, a Denver-based organization to push for democratically-run schools and equitable education for all Denver students. by Ed Augden, Retired Denver Public Schools Teacher and Community Activist Alexander Ooms may be right in his viewpoint expressed in the Denver Post on July 25, …

Dora Goes to Washington: The Save Our Schools Rally and March

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Cross posted at seattleducation2011 I’m going to start with the Save Our Schools March and Rally that I participated in on Saturday July 30th since that’s the big news and then describe my week in Washington D.C. when I had an opportunity to meet my Senators and discuss what parents are concerned about and what we want for our children as well as report on the SOS Conference which I attended on Friday. But first the rally and march. It …

New alliance between Murdoch and Gates to "differentiate" learning

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Today, Vicki Phillips of the the Gates Foundation announced the creation of an  an “amazing” new software program that will be like a “huge app store – just for teachers – with the Netflix and Facebook capabilities we love the most.” “There are few times in life when we are fortunate enough to be part of something amazing. I believe this is one of those times, and I am especially excited because the “something amazing” is being led by states…..” Sure, …

PSAT for 8-2-11: Take the Matt Damon test

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Are you as well-informed about education issues as Matt Damon? Check out his interview with Gotham Schools here and his SOS March speech here. Did you know all that? Why is he so smart about school issues? Well, apparently he’s actually really smart. Also, he has a smart mom who is a professor of early childhood education and hangs around with Diane Ravitch. But all of us can get smart, and we have started hanging around with Diane R., too, …

Jon Stewart sends a message to teachers at the SOS march

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Not one of his best, I thought, but here it is:

Jonathan Kozol on class size at the SOS march

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Here is an excerpt; a tape of the full speech is here. Excerpt: I still have to listen to high people here in Washington who insist to me that class size doesn’t matter… I always ask them where their own kids go to school.  Typically in Washington, they go to very costly private schools where class sizes seldom rise higher than fifteen…. Here’s what I believe: the Senators and the President send their own kids to those kinds of schools; …

Diane Ravitch's speech at the SOS march: we shall prevail!

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Excerpt:   This is a historic day.  I am a historian.  There has never before been a spontaneous grassroots org of teachers, parents and students all coming together to say save our schools…Promise yourself you will never forget this day! Today we join to protest the status quo. The status quo of high stakes testing, the status quo of attacks on the teaching  profession, the status quo of privatization.  The status quo is wrong; don’t let them say you’re defending the …

The sun shone, the stars came out for the SOS march

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After two days of movement-building speeches, workshops, and networking, the SOS march ended with a sun- and passion-drenched rally and march in the middle of Washington DC. It felt like a huge family reunion. Parents Across America was well-represented. It was so much fun to see our members meeting up with their friends from home. We even had star power – Pedro Noguera, Deb Meier, Angela Valenzuela, Diane Ravitch and, yes, Matt Damon, whose mother, Nancy Carlson Page, a professor …

News flash from the SOS March in DC- Parents are powerful!

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PAA had 20 members on Capitol Hill Thursday, talking to Senators and Congressmen from across the nation. Some PAA members also presented a workshop on PAA and some of our issues including testing and charter schools, with great results. Today started off with a fantastic keynote speech by Diane Ravitch and another PAA workshop, this one on what’s wrong with ESEA and the strategies promoted by Race to the Top, and what we need instead – small class size, different …