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

Why More Standardized Tests Won't Improve Education

Posted on by pagrundy

American students are spending growing amounts of time preparing for and taking high-stakes standardized tests. The federal government requires students to take annual state tests in math, English, science and social studies. Some states and districts have gone even further, requiring standardized tests for every subject, including art, music, journalism and physical education. Test scores are used to bar students from moving from one grade to another, to determine teacher and administrator pay, and to label schools as “failing” – …

Next target of ed "reformers" – democracy

Posted on by pureparents

“Reformers” next target: “one-size-fits-all” democracy Now that they’ve had some success destroying public education, the school reform privateers are setting their sights on something even more precious and fundamental to our nation – our democracy. You see, democracy is “messy” and “one-size-fits-all” and has a pesky habit of getting in the way of even more mega profits and oligarchic* control, which the Bill Gateses and Eli Broads feel is their due. Last week, former Chicago Tribune honcho James Warren wrote …

Sue Bordelon on NOLA charters and her special needs son

Posted on by leoniehaimson

See the video below of Sue Bordelon and her son Clark, speaking about his abusive treatment at the hands of New Orleans charter schools – in a system that has been praised by Arne Duncan and others as a model for the nation. Their powerful testimony was filmed during the inaugural press conference held by the new chapter of Parents Across America NOLA, along with the John McDonogh Alumni Association, the Downtown Neighborhood Improvement Association, and the Esplanade Ridge/Treme Civic …

In California, it's billionaires vs. the PTA on testing 2nd graders

Posted on by CarolineSF

I’m sharing information from the Educated Guess forum (run by the reform-minded Silicon Valley Education Foundation). State standardized testing has been imposed on second-graders here in California for quite a few years – in the ’90s, standardized testing began at third grade. California state Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) has sponsored a bill that would eliminate standardized testing for second-graders. According to Educated Guess, the bill – backed by the California state PTA, the California School Boards Association, state Superintendent of …

An Open Letter to NBC re this year's Education Nation

Posted on by leoniehaimson

Date: August 30, 2011 to: Steve Capus (President, NBC News) and Brian Williams (Anchor and Managing Editor, Nightly News) Subject: Education Nation Dear Mr. Capus and Mr. Williams: Thank you for dedicating substantial attention to the issue of public education, and for scheduling several days of programming this fall to this critical issue, as you did last fall, under the name of “Education Nation.” However, we were very concerned that last year’s “Education Nation” contained a paucity of parent viewpoints, …

Paying attention to reforms that work for English learners

Posted on by andreamerida

While the politics of education reform swirl all around us, it’s important to keep clear on what works and what doesn’t. The good news is that the Denver Public Schools is actually doing very well in supporting a particular segment of our student population, English learners. The confusing part is that we seem ready to ignore that fact and follow a path that is completely divergent from real, lasting reform. The right path to close the achievement gap and provide …

Parent Involvement

Posted on by pagrundy

By PAA Co-founder Pamela Grundy I wrote this post for the Mom Congress Back-to-School Blog-a-thon (I was the North Carolina delegate to the 2011 Mom Congress, sponsored by Parenting Magazine). You can read more Mom Congress blogs here, and more of my “Seen from the ‘Rock” blogs here. As the letter notes, my husband Peter, 10-year-old son Parker and I will be spending the fall in Shanghai. Peter will be a visiting professor of architecture at Tongji University, and Parker …

PSAT for 8-23-11: Twitter Arne

Posted on by pureparents

From the USDE: The Department of Education announced today that Secretary Arne Duncan will participate in the first-ever #AskArne Twitter Town Hall on August 24, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Veteran education journalist John Merrow will moderate the town hall that will also be broadcast live on ED’s ustream channel. Twitter users can submit questions to the Secretary using the hashtag #AskArne. #### For Public Schools Action Tuesday today, why not send in a question for Arne? In addition to …

How the Broad virus & Gates infection are hurting Kansas City kids

Posted on by leoniehaimson

This was written by a Kansas City teacher who prefers to remain anonymous because she fears retaliation.  There is no research, by the way, that indicates that paying teachers more will cause them to work harder; or be able to overcome the disadvantages to kids of being crammed into a large class.  This contrasts with the voluminous research on class size, which shows that class size reduction is one of the very few ways to narrow the achievement gap and …

Steven Brill's blinkered thinking in the Wall Street Journal

Posted on by leoniehaimson

Today’s Wall St. Journal features an article by Steven Brill, drawn from his new book Class Warfare, in which he acknowledges the huge burn out rates of charter school teachers.  He describes one “super” teacher and administrator, a 28 year old assistant principal at Harlem Success Academy named  Jessica Reid, who quits, despite a large salary and quick advancement, because “This wasn’t a sustainable life, in terms of my health and my marriage.” Brill then concludes: “The lesson that I draw …