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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!

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, …

Andrea Merida on why Denver school board should reject Gates grant

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See video below of Andrea Merida, a member of the Denver school board and Parents Across America, on why they should reject a grant from the ALEC-linked Gates Foundation. [For more on this issue, see the Gates website ,including comments from critics.] In her message on vimeo, Andrea asks: Why are the Denver Public Schools accepting money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, especially when Gates also funds the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)? Gates is paying for ALEC …

PAA to USDE: Listen to parents, change your policies

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CONTACT: Julie Woestehoff (Chicago IL) pure@pureparents.org 773-715-3989 Leonie Haimson (New York NY) classsizematters@gmail.com 917-435-9329 Robin Hiller (Tucson AZ) rhiller@voicesforeducation.org 520-668-4634 Lorie Barzano (Austin TX) coalitionsaus@gmail.com (512)694-9747 or 447-5577 Parents Across America members meet with USDE, saying: “Listen to parents, change your policy direction.” WASHINGTON, D. C. – Several members of Parents Across America (PAA), a national network of activist parents, participated in a Parent Leaders meeting today hosted by the U. S. Department of Education’s Office of Communications and Outreach. …

Chicago’s LSC election: largest, most diverse

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“Largest municipal election yields largest number of public officials of color in the US.” Thanks to Don Moore of Designs for Change for this press release: 6,500 Candidates Set To Run for Chicago’s Local School Councils This Week, After 28 Organizations Won a Two-Week Candidate Recruitment Extension Chicago School System’s Central Administration Repeatedly Obstructs Recruitment Efforts CHICAGO, IL (APRIL 15, 2012).  About 6,500 candidates signed up to run in Chicago’s Local School Councils election this week, primarily as a result …

Chicago's LSC election: largest, most diverse

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“Largest municipal election yields largest number of public officials of color in the US.” Thanks to Don Moore of Designs for Change for this press release: 6,500 Candidates Set To Run for Chicago’s Local School Councils This Week, After 28 Organizations Won a Two-Week Candidate Recruitment Extension Chicago School System’s Central Administration Repeatedly Obstructs Recruitment Efforts CHICAGO, IL (APRIL 15, 2012).  About 6,500 candidates signed up to run in Chicago’s Local School Councils election this week, primarily as a result …

Check out new reports to see if your state is considering ALEC bills!

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A lot of attention has been given lately to ALEC –the American Legislative Exchange Council, the secretive, right-wing group that produces and disseminates legislation in state houses throughout the nation. PAA wrote about ALEC more than a year ago, in March 2011, after being alerted by our eagle-eyed parent advocate/ legislative expert, Karen Miller of Texas. A few months later, a website called ALEC Exposed posted a massive number of leaked documents, showing the influence and reach of ALEC throughout …

Parents! Know the truth about Stand for Children

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Tomorrow is Stand for Children Illinois’ “kickoff” event at Roosevelt University here in Chicago, but you would have a hard time finding out where and when it is from their web site, which says that registration is “closed.” Is the event – which starts at 10 am Saturday April 14 at Roosevelt University, 430 S Michigan Avenue – just so wildly popular that they had to stop taking new registrants? Fire code concerns, maybe? Or are they perhaps hiding, afraid …

It’s spring, and the astroturf is sprouting like crabgrass!

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It seems that every time you turn around, there’s another astroturf education group sprouting up. The fertilizer, of course, is the money of wealthy privatizers and union busters, not to mention the rich manure of corporate reform rhetoric. In New York, there’s StudentsFirstNY, founded by Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein. This is a new local branch of Rhee’s national Students First group which claims 1 million members, though many of those names are collected by unwitting people who go to …

It's spring, and the astroturf is sprouting like crabgrass!

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It seems that every time you turn around, there’s another astroturf education group sprouting up. The fertilizer, of course, is the money of wealthy privatizers and union busters, not to mention the rich manure of corporate reform rhetoric. In New York, there’s StudentsFirstNY, founded by Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein. This is a new local branch of Rhee’s national Students First group which claims 1 million members, though many of those names are collected by unwitting people who go to …