Get inspired by Helen Gym…PAA Week Day 3Read PAA’s 2017 survey report: “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”Follow-up resource list for parent survey participantsArchive 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!
Get inspired by Helen Gym…PAA Week Day 3
Read PAA’s 2017 survey report: “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”
Follow-up resource list for parent survey participants
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!

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 …

NSBA President’s letter to Obama: please change direction!

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“…school board members and top educational thinkers overwhelming urge abandoning the current “command-and-control” federal educational oversight…driving us toward mediocrity….Mr. President, public education in the U.S. is on the wrong track. As we have moved decision-making farther from teachers and children, we have jeopardized our competitive edge and keys to our national success: our ingenuity, our openness to innovation, and our creativity.” Reprinted from the National School Board Association’s website. April 17, 2012 Dear President Obama: The night of your election, …

NSBA President's letter to Obama: please change direction!

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“…school board members and top educational thinkers overwhelming urge abandoning the current “command-and-control” federal educational oversight…driving us toward mediocrity….Mr. President, public education in the U.S. is on the wrong track. As we have moved decision-making farther from teachers and children, we have jeopardized our competitive edge and keys to our national success: our ingenuity, our openness to innovation, and our creativity.” Reprinted from the National School Board Association’s website. April 17, 2012 Dear President Obama: The night of your election, …