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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!

Please help Philadelphia: Poster child for disasters of corporate reform

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Dear parents and PAA colleagues: It’s taken me a while to talk about what’s happening in Philadelphia because of the destructive forces threatening public education in our city. In case you haven’t read the news, Philadelphia’s Chief Recovery Officer – a gas industry executive paid $150K over six months – hired the Boston Consulting Group for a cool $1.4 million to create a “Blueprint for Reform”. The Blueprint sets out a five year course of action which calls for closing …

PAA members to demonstrate against ALEC

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When members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) descend on Charlotte for their spring summit, Parents Across America will be there to meet them. Members and supporters of PAA affiliate MecklenburgACTS will spend Friday, May 11, calling attention to the destructive education legislation that ALEC has promoted, legislation that increases high-stakes testing, promotes school vouchers and online charter schools and undercuts the teaching profession. Demonstrators will also be promoting the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing, which calls on state …

Politicians: on teacher appreciation day, keep empty words to yourself!

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Here is a powerful letter reprinted from today’s Syracuse Post-Standard. This week is the annual celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week. Politicians of every stripe and school superintendents everywhere will write letters and make proclamations stating how much they value the service and dedication of teachers everywhere. All of these words are empty and merely paying lip service to something they do not believe. By their actions, these ”leaders” have made it obvious that they neither appreciate, admire, respect nor comprehend …

PAA-Connecticut letter to legislators about Gov. Malloy’s proposals

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Dear Members of the Legislature: We are writing to you as a newly formed Connecticut chapter of Parents Across America. We have come together, as public school parents from different communities across Connecticut, to support our children and the public schools that educate them. We experience first-hand the challenges facing our schools and our children. We know what works and what does not. What works to strengthen our schools are: proven, research-based reforms, sufficient and equitable funding, diversity and meaningful …

PAA-Connecticut letter to legislators about Gov. Malloy's proposals

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Dear Members of the Legislature: We are writing to you as a newly formed Connecticut chapter of Parents Across America. We have come together, as public school parents from different communities across Connecticut, to support our children and the public schools that educate them. We experience first-hand the challenges facing our schools and our children. We know what works and what does not. What works to strengthen our schools are: proven, research-based reforms, sufficient and equitable funding, diversity and meaningful …

What parents can do during Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11

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The SOS March folks are planning nationwide actions during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11) and Teacher Appreciation Day (May 8th). You can upload a flyer with these same suggestions here. Share it around! Please especially note the 12th bullet point… Here’s what they are suggesting: Small cards, well wishes from our students, chocolates or a pencil holder are certainly welcomed by your teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Yet, to be frank, to truly appreciate your teachers as dedicated hard working …

PAA Austin TX Affiliate to host State Board of Education Candidates’ Forum

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2012 Contact: Lorie Barzano, Co-Chair CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools) coalitionsaus@gmail.com barzano@flash.net (512)447-5577 CoalitionSAUS Hosts State Board of Education Candidates Forum CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools) will host a forum of the candidates running for the TX State Board of Education (SBOE) in Districts #5 and #10.  The state’s recently re-districted electoral maps split the Austin Independent School District (AISD) in half between the two SBOE Districts.  (District #5 runs south from just north of …

PAA Austin TX Affiliate to host State Board of Education Candidates' Forum

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2012 Contact: Lorie Barzano, Co-Chair CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools) coalitionsaus@gmail.com barzano@flash.net (512)447-5577 CoalitionSAUS Hosts State Board of Education Candidates Forum CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools) will host a forum of the candidates running for the TX State Board of Education (SBOE) in Districts #5 and #10.  The state’s recently re-districted electoral maps split the Austin Independent School District (AISD) in half between the two SBOE Districts.  (District #5 runs south from just north of …

National Resolution against High-Stakes Testing

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The following resolution is modeled on a resolution passed by 405 Texas school boards as of April 25, 2012. It was written by Parents Across America, in collaboration with the Advancement Project; Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; FairTest; Forum for Education and Democracy; MecklenburgACTS; Deborah Meier; NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; National Education Association; New York Performance Standards Consortium; Tracy Novick;  Parents United for Responsible Education – Chicago; Diane Ravitch; Race to Nowhere; Time Out From …

PAA leader Leonie Haimson sparks Pineapplegate

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By Pamela Grundy If you spent this weekend chuckling or fuming about a nonsensical standardized test question involving a hare and a talking pineapple, you have PAA co-founder Leonie Haimson to thank. Leonie wrote the blog that started the media storm, highlighted the absurdity of high-stakes standardized tests and got the question pulled from the exam. Leonie, who’s worked on educational issues for years, was the right person in the right place in the right time. She’d been looking for …