Position paper: Why PAA opposes mass school closingsPAA-New Orleans chapter protests charter school discrimination against disabled studentsParent “choice”: Schools choose – students loseParents VotePAA marchers begin the SOS March July 2011Founders speak at PAA kickoff forum, Feb. 8, 2011
Position paper: Why PAA opposes mass school closings
PAA-New Orleans chapter protests charter school discrimination against disabled students
Parent “choice”: Schools choose – students lose
Parents Vote
PAA marchers begin the SOS March July 2011
Founders speak at PAA kickoff forum, Feb. 8, 2011

Myron Miner on the underlying motives of the corporate reform crowd hools

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Many have wondered why the corporate reformers in charge of school districts in NYC, Chicago, and elsewhere are so eager to undermine the quality of education in our public schools, in favor of charter operators that drain our public school system of resources and space.  Myron Miner of Last Stand for Children First gives us the inside scoop: This week the Illinois Chapter of Last Stand for Children First joined students across the state in celebrating historic legislation that is …

The Broad Foundation in Charlotte

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The Charlotte Observer has published an insightful article on the Broad Foundation in Charlotte: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/05/08/2281054/whos-the-power-behind-cms.html. The first paragraph: “Superintendent Peter Gorman may be the face of public education in Charlotte, but is a Los Angeles billionaire the power behind the scenes?” Observer education reporter Ann Doss Helms also has a blog post that lays out the process by which she came to write the article, as well as the sources she drew on, which included interviewing, Web searches, tips from …

What's up with Chicago teachers and the "Performance Counts" bill?

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by Julie Woestehoff Yesterday at a Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates meeting, the membership voted to rescind their leaders’ endorsement of Senate Bill 7 and fight it instead. What’s going on here? First, let’s take a couple of steps back. In mid-December of last year, several business-backed “education reform” groups tried to push through a piece of teacher-bashing legislation called “Performance Counts” during the Christmas and New Year holidays. They must have expected that teachers would be caught flat-footed …

Testimony in Newark on Charter School Co-location

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Below is testimony from Julius Tajiddin, a NYC public school parent, on the issue of co-locating charter schools in Newark public school buildings, a practice that has led to bitterness and division among NYC parents.  An Independent Budget Office report, showing that in NYC,  co-located charter schools receive more public funds per student than district public schools is here. _____ I learned last night that Newark New Jersey’s School District is under the NJ Governor’s  Control.  Oh boy!  Anyway I …

Testing Madness: Charlotte Today, Your Schools Tomorrow

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By Pamela Grundy This spring, Charlotte, North Carolina, saw an explosion of standardized testing. In March, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) rolled out 52 new standardized tests for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our Broad Foundation trained superintendent proudly proclaims that we will soon lead the nation in testing, with standardized tests for every student in every subject. In addition to the mandated state tests in reading, math and science, CMS students will take tests in art, P.E, dance, band, orchestra, …

Teachers, we honor and respect you!

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It’s teacher appreciation week; and in a  letter in EdWeek published today, Arne Duncan attempts to convince teachers  that his policies actually reflect respect towards their profession.   Sabrina Shupe Stevens provides the perfect rejoinder: Actions speak louder than words. Though you often have nice words to say about teachers, what you do is more important, and your actions thus far do not indicate that you respect, value, or support teachers and our profession as much as you claim. Please read …

Response from the Change.org "help desk" re deceptive Rhee petition

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Goldenberg’s earlier post on this matter is here. If you’d like to weigh in on whether change.org should continue diverting nearly ALL signers of progressive education petitions  to Michelle Rhee’s, promoting the elimination of  teacher seniority protections, deceptively entitled “Save Great Teachers,” send a message to ben@change.org and cc. nonprofits@change.org  Also check out Rheefirst.org on more on the Rhee record. from Michael Paul Goldenberg, PAA member to Change.org: You’ve likely received other messages informing you of the exchange I recently …

Ask Congress to reform NCLB now!

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The US Congress is considering how to revise No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the most important federal law that governs our public schools.  NCLB has been extremely damaging in the eyes of most parents, and needs fundamental reform.  Unfortunately, the Obama administration plans to make it worse in many respects. Parents Across America has developed our own blueprint, based upon less testing and privatization, more parent input, and a greater emphasis …

Regrets & clarification…after signing one of Michelle Rhee's petitions

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Michael Paul Goldenberg, a PAA member and mathematics coach in Michigan, responds to an email from State Senator Pavlov  (see Pavlov’s note at the bottom). He received this email from Pavlov after inadvertently signing one of Michelle Rhee’s Student First petitions on change.org, which are deceptively phrased to oppose the laying off of great teachers, but are really designed to eliminate seniority protections, destroy the union, and de-professionalize the teaching force. Change.org diverts signers of progressive education-related petitions to Michelle …

A Very Testy Town Hall meeting in Boca Raton

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by Rita M. Solnet If the audience had their way Thursday evening, I think the Don Estridge High Tech Middle School janitors might have found dumpsters filled with FCATs in a show of solidarity the morning after a testy Town Hall Meeting was held! U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch hosted an Education Town Hall in his hometown of Boca Raton, Fla. in anticipation of returning to session to debate and decide upon reforming and reauthorizing the federal No Child Left Behind …