Get inspired by Helen Gym…PAA Week Day 3Read PAA’s 2017 survey report: “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”Follow-up resource list for parent survey participantsArchive of PAA newsletters from September 2016Is there a PAA chapter or affiliate in your state?JOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!
Get inspired by Helen Gym…PAA Week Day 3
Read PAA’s 2017 survey report: “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”
Follow-up resource list for parent survey participants
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!

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 …

Chicago parents win a round over better v longer school day

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced yesterday that the district’s new longer school day will be 7 hours, not 7.5, as he had previously demanded. Though not the 6.5 hours that many parents have been asking for, this is clearly a major victory for the newly-formed coalition, Chicago Parents for Quality Education (of which PAA’s Chicago affiliate, Parents United for Responsible Education – PURE- is a member). CPQE started a petition drive against the 7.5 hour day and held a press …

“We are not experimental subjects, we are humans!”

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“And I think its time that you started treating us as such!” So said Xsavier Daniels, student at Lehman High School in the Bronx, one of the thirty of so schools that Mayor Bloomberg and the educrats at Tweed want to close and “turn around,” firing half the staff in the process. The below video was produced by Jaisal Noor of The Real News.

"We are not experimental subjects, we are humans!"

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“And I think its time that you started treating us as such!” So said Xsavier Daniels, student at Lehman High School in the Bronx, one of the thirty of so schools that Mayor Bloomberg and the educrats at Tweed want to close and “turn around,” firing half the staff in the process. The below video was produced by Jaisal Noor of The Real News.

April 17 forum in NYC: Teacher Evaluation Nightmare!

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A forum on testing, teacher evaluations and our schools Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 PM Murry Bergtraum High School Auditorium 411 Pearl Street, Manhattan (Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Station 4,5,6 -Fulton Street Station 2,3 – Chambers Street Station J) Come to a Meeting to Discuss: Why are the new teacher evaluations bad for teachers, students, and families? How can we organize to change them? Speakers: Carol Burris: L.I. Principal, co-author of the  letter against evaluating teachers by student test scores, which …