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

PAA interim ED endorsed for ESSA rulemaking body

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Now that ESEA has become the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, new rules must be drafted to implement the law. The US Department of Education recently requested nominations for people representing various constituencies to help negotiate these rules. Thirty-one groups came together to nominate PAA’s Julie Woestehoff to represent parents and students. You can read a copy of the nomination letter here. This kind of position often goes almost automatically to the National PTA. PAA and other groups have …

Join the PAA Book Club!

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PAA Book Club For some time, PAA has been having our own discussions about poverty, race and educational opportunity. We’ve gathered a lot of very important facts and research, created some useful materials, and shared them in webinars and workshops. We’d like more people to join us in this important conversation, and we thought that an online book club would be a good way to do that. Much of the information we’ve been collecting has come from Dr. P. L. …

A California superintendent speaks out on charter schools

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The following was shared with us by our newest chapter, PAA-Marin (CA): 18 months into a highly contentious local battle over the conversion of a “district-wide program of choice” into a charter school, which included two unanimous denials by the local school board, and a unanimous denial by our county office of education, the Ross Valley Charter was approved by the CA State Board of Education. During its twenty year history, the district program had received many critiques, perhaps the …

Where do the 2016 presidential candidates stand on education? UPDATED

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PAA cannot and does not endorse any candidate, but we are committed to educating parents and the general public about where the candidates and parties stand on education issues. The information in the following table was retrieved on Feb. 10, 2016 from www.ontheissues.org/education and www.ballotpedia.org, on Feb. 15, 2016 from the candidates’ web sites, and from media reports. We have focused on the two remaining Democratic candidates and the top 6 Republican nominees based on today’s national polling. Download a …

How did your state do? Finally, a report card for us!

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We so used to hearing about the education-related report cards the corporate reform world is always giving out. Achieve just released its state-by-state “honesty gap” report comparing state test scores with NAEP national test scores. ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, gives the best report card grades to states that privatize schools, test students often, and fire a lot of teachers. These reports are simply not helpful, serving only to promote the anti-public education political agenda. Fortunately, the Network for …

PAA calls for an end to test-based teacher evaluation

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PAA Policy Brief: End Test-based Teacher Evaluation Parents call for states to take back control of teacher evaluation, end misuse of test scores The Every Student Succeeds Act, which became law in December, has given states new control over education policy. Parents across the nation call on state policy-makers to use their restored authority to rein in the high-stakes standardized testing that plagues American education. Washington still requires annual reading and math tests in grades 3-8, science tests in grades …

Fact sheets on the Impact of Poverty, Race and Cultural Bias on Educational Opportunity

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PAA has collected a set of fact sheets that vividly demonstrate the impact of poverty, race and cultural bias on educational opportunity. What these facts show is that: There is no “level playing field.” Corporate reformers and many elected officials have us fighting the wrong war – a war against public education — rather than addressing the real problems of poverty and racism. ESEA/ESSA has taken us down the wrong road There are programs and approaches supported by parents that …

PAA Policy Brief: The Impact of Poverty, Race and Cultural Bias on Educational Opportunity*

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The wrong war The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka No Child Left Behind or NCLB) was designed as an integral part of the War on Poverty. The law has warped into a tool to undermine and privatize public education and do away with teachers unions. This “war on public schools,” meanwhile, has failed to significantly raise student achievement or narrow achievement gaps. In fact, students made greater gains prior to NCLB. It remains to be seen if the newly- …

PAA leaders walking the walk in 2016

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Several PAA leaders have been stepping up to the plate of public service lately, and we are SO proud! PAA founding member Helen Gym has already taken office as councilwoman-at-large in Philadelphia. Helen ran on a platform of support for well-funded, democratically-run public schools. Can’t wait to see what she does! Former PAA Board of Directors member Dawn Collins is running for school board in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with this platform: I support the expansion of sensible, research-based reforms …

Virginia PAA leader cautions against charter school expansion

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Laura Bowman, leader of PAA-Roanoke Valley in Virginia, recently published an excellent essay in the Roanoke Times which was picked up by other news organizations, and resulted in an invitation from the Fairfax Education Association to testify with them at the General Assembly and participate in a press conference. Laura wrote, There is a reason for the proliferation of charter schools in this country, and it has little to do with the education and well-being of children, and much to …