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New research supports PAA LSC model

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Last week PAA celebrated alongside Florida parents with the defeat of so-called “parent trigger” legislation, which would have allowed parents in “low-performing” schools to vote to close it, fire all the staff, or turn it into a charter school. But that doesn’t mean that we are completely satisfied with our schools and see no need for improvement. In fact, we are very concerned about our schools. We’re especially upset about who is running many of the school systems right now …

Media Alert: PARENT PRESS CONFERENCE in Baton Rouge today

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PARENTS PRESS CONFERENCE in Baton Rouge When:                  2:00 p.m. today, March 22, 2012 Where:                 Steps of the Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA Reference:         H B 976 Contact:               Karran Harper Royal, with “Parents Across America” Phone:                 504-722-8174 E-mail:                  karranroyal@yahoo.com Attached and copied below is a press release for a Parents’ Press Conference, featuring several organizations of parents with specific concerns about HB 976. _______________________________________________________ For immediate release Parents to Hold Press Conference 2 p.m. Today on Steps of the Capitol Baton Rouge, …

Dissents from the status quo Council on Foreign Relations report

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The report released yesterday was written by a task force of the Council on Foreign Relations,  co-chaired by Joel Klein, former head of the NYC Department of Education and now working for Murdoch’s News Corp, and directed by Julia Levy, former PR flack for DOE.  The task force was stacked with privateers, including Wendy Kopp of TFA, her husband Richard Barth, CEO of KIPP, Jonah Edelman, head of Stand for Children, and Benno Schmidt, formerly CEO of the failed Edison …

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  …

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 …