Missed the webinar with Jesse Hagopian? Watch it here.Is there a PAA chapter or affiliate in your state?Watch the webinar – Our Children @ Risk: Stop the Ed Tech JuggernautThe violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closingsJOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed filmNPE 2016 conference report
Missed the webinar with Jesse Hagopian? Watch it here.
Is there a PAA chapter or affiliate in your state?
Watch the webinar – Our Children @ Risk: Stop the Ed Tech Juggernaut
The violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closings
JOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!
Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed film
NPE 2016 conference report

ACLU letter & Moratorium on Charter Schools needed in Delaware!

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The follow is written by Annalisa Ekbladh, one of the founders of  Communities 4 Education, a new affiliate of Parents Across America.  For more information or to join the organization, email her at aekbladh@verizon.net The Delaware ACLU recently issued a letter to Delaware Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery (see below), prompted by the controversy surrounding a request to expand the Newark Charter School (NCS) lower grades and add a high school.  The ACLU joins opponents of this expansion, including Communities 4 Education,  the  …

Maryland students protesting school conditions met with attack dogs

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See this interview of Ashley Pinder and Erin James, activist students at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. On March 1, the students planned a walk-out of the school because of class sizes of up to 40 students per class — “We’re not learning” says Erin — unappetizing and non-nutritional school lunches, and the deporting of their Filipino teachers. As Erin puts it, the authorities responded “very immaturely”: the front doors were locked, police came to the school with attack …

President Obama's education budget priorities wrong

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PAA has serious concerns about President Obama’s education budget. Here is a one-page comparison chart detailing our positions regarding the President’s budget proposal. We sent a letter to members of the House and Senate education committees today which included the following comments, with our chart attached: Our general concern is that the budget seems to reinforce the current corporate reform agenda of further privatization, school closings, more charter schools, larger classes, and the expansion of high-stakes standardized tests. In fact, …

President Obama’s education budget priorities wrong

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PAA has serious concerns about President Obama’s education budget. Here is a one-page comparison chart detailing our positions regarding the President’s budget proposal. We sent a letter to members of the House and Senate education committees today which included the following comments, with our chart attached: Our general concern is that the budget seems to reinforce the current corporate reform agenda of further privatization, school closings, more charter schools, larger classes, and the expansion of high-stakes standardized tests. In fact, …

Clear Creek TX school board resolution vs. high-stakes testing

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At least 40 Texas school boards have passed this resolution against high-stakes testing, “strangling our schools.” Here is the wording of the resolution passed by Clear Creek School District, a large district near NASA.  It has been called “The shot heard around the county.” Why not around the country? If Texas school boards can pass this resolution, why shouldn’t all school boards in the nation adopt similar ones? BOARD OF TRUSTEES CLEAR CREEK INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT RESOLUTION CONCERNING HIGH STAKES, …

Gov.Jindal has a death wish agenda for K-12 education in Louisiana

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Things are bad everywhere but nowhere is it worse than in Louisiana, where Gov. Bobby Jindal and State Superintendent John White threaten to annihilate the state’s public schools with budget cuts, vouchers, the expansion of virtual charters, the erosion of teacher rights, and other forms of noxious corporate reform.  The following is by  Don Whittinghill , a consultant to the Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA),  a non-profit service organization representing local school board members in 69 local systems. Gov. Bobby …

California charter school aims to shut down successful public school

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Guest post by Molly Black, parent, Los Altos, Calif. Founding Member of LASDVoices Los Altos, Calif., is a sleepy little town in a quiet part of Silicon Valley where shops close by 6 p.m. and the few restaurants in town are dark by 9 p.m.  Families move to Los Altos to take advantage of the excellent public school system and tight-knit community. The Los Altos School District (LASD) has a neighborhood school model. Each school is relatively small (400-600 students), …

Parents Across America hails defeat of Florida’s Parent Trigger bill

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For immediate release: March 10, 2012 Contacts: Rita Solnet, Boca Raton: (561) 289-7333; rsolnet@aol.com Caroline Grannan, San Francisco: (415) 412-5758; cgrannan@gmail.com Parents Across America hails defeat of Florida’s Parent Trigger bill: A victory of parents over forces that would privatize and profit from our public schools Public education and true parent empowerment were the winners after a “Parent Trigger” law died on the floor of the Florida State Senate on March 9, said Rita Solnet, a Florida parent activist and …

Education forum sponsored by PAA Charleston affiliate

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Sponsored by our newest affiliate, Charleston Area Community Voice for Education: Beyond CCSD’s Vision 2016: A Community Conversation about Testing and Accountability Do Performance and Achievement = Learning? Charleston Area Community Voice for Education presents Ceresta Smith -Free to the public- Monday, March 12th  at 7:00 p.m. Seacoast Church 750 Longpoint Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC Charleston Area Community Voice for Education is an independent group of local parents and educators striving to give the community a voice in public education …

Attempted coup by ConnCAN and TFA in Bridgeport: a cautionary tale

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Very often the corporate reformers appear to view elected school boards as getting in the way of their plans to privatize public education.  Matt Miller, who wrote a famous article called “First Kill All the School Boards” that argued that “local control has become a disaster for our schools” was recently selected to write the first draft of the report for the Obama Education Equity Commission. There appears to be little difference between the so-called left and the right in their …