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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!

Bruce Baker: Why do corpreformers advocate standardization & choice?

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Here is a cross-post from Bruce Baker’s blog, School Finance 101. Bruce is a professor at Rutgers and if you don’t subscribe to his blog, you should.  It features the most incisive and substantive critiques of the corporate reform policies  that we’ve seen.  Here, he explores the apparent contradiction between the corporate reform insistence, exemplified by the work of the Thomas Fordham Institute,  that  the  Common Core and high-stakes accountability systems be imposed on our public schools like straitjackets, while …

Bruce Baker: Why do corpreformers advocate standardization & choice?

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Here is a cross-post from Bruce Baker’s blog, School Finance 101. Bruce is a professor at Rutgers and if you don’t subscribe to his blog, you should.  It features the most incisive and substantive critiques of the corporate reform policies  that we’ve seen.  Here, he explores the apparent contradiction between the corporate reform insistence, exemplified by the work of the Thomas Fordham Institute,  that  the  Common Core and high-stakes accountability systems be imposed on our public schools like straitjackets, while …

NBC’s Education Nation dog and pony show hits the road next week – why not join them?

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From NBC’s publicist: EDUCATION NATION ON-THE-ROAD COMES TO DENVER NBC News brings an education “power week” to Denver starting April 12th with a series of education-focused events and programming NEW YORK, NY— April 5, 2012— In an effort to continue the national conversation sparked with its “Education Nation” initiative, NBC News is continuing “Education Nation On-The-Road” for the spring of 2012. Making its first stop in Denver beginning April 12th, the NBC News team will spend a week in the …

NBC's Education Nation dog and pony show hits the road next week – why not join them?

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From NBC’s publicist: EDUCATION NATION ON-THE-ROAD COMES TO DENVER NBC News brings an education “power week” to Denver starting April 12th with a series of education-focused events and programming NEW YORK, NY— April 5, 2012— In an effort to continue the national conversation sparked with its “Education Nation” initiative, NBC News is continuing “Education Nation On-The-Road” for the spring of 2012. Making its first stop in Denver beginning April 12th, the NBC News team will spend a week in the …

Billionaire-financed Astroturf Group Coming to North Carolina

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PAA affiliate Mecklenburg ACTS just learned that the astroturf “Campaign for Achievement Now” has targeted our state for its next legislative drive. According to the website, the Campaign plans to spend more than $700,000 in our state to advance its charter and testing-focused agenda in 2012 alone, most of it apparently financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This is in addition to the $850,000 being spent in our state for the charter-focused “North Carolinians for Educational Freedom.” We …

What’s next? Judging pediatricians on patient “growth”?

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Judging pediatricians on the changes in the height and weight of their young patients as measured at their annual physicals from one year to the next makes just as much sense as using student “growth” on annual standardized reading and math tests to evaluate teachers. But that’s just what the Chicago Public Schools will be doing beginning this fall, despite warnings from some 100 local education experts, who spoke out last week about the dangers of this evaluation model. Chicago …

What's next? Judging pediatricians on patient "growth"?

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Judging pediatricians on the changes in the height and weight of their young patients as measured at their annual physicals from one year to the next makes just as much sense as using student “growth” on annual standardized reading and math tests to evaluate teachers. But that’s just what the Chicago Public Schools will be doing beginning this fall, despite warnings from some 100 local education experts, who spoke out last week about the dangers of this evaluation model. Chicago …

Austin School District Helps IDEA Charter Recruit against Parents’ Will

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By Lorie Barzano, Co-Chair of CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools) CoalitionSAUS is a parent-led group representing inner-city public schools working to ensure accessible, quality Public Education for all children and healthy, thriving Public Schools in Austin’s urban core; contact  CoalitionSAUS@gmail.com for more information. During a special meeting on December 19, 2011, over the loud, repeated protests of thousands of parents and community members and under heavy police presence, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees approved a contract with IDEA Charter …

Austin School District Helps IDEA Charter Recruit against Parents' Will

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By Lorie Barzano, Co-Chair of CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools) CoalitionSAUS is a parent-led group representing inner-city public schools working to ensure accessible, quality Public Education for all children and healthy, thriving Public Schools in Austin’s urban core; contact  CoalitionSAUS@gmail.com for more information. During a special meeting on December 19, 2011, over the loud, repeated protests of thousands of parents and community members and under heavy police presence, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees approved a contract with IDEA Charter …

The Gulen Movement’s connection to the largest US charter network

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By Sharon Higgins, founding member of Parents Across America Note: This is an expanded version of a guest post published in The Washington Post under Valerie Strauss’s column, The Answer Sheet, on March 27, 2012. The largest charter school network in the United States is operated by people in and associated with the Gulen Movement (GM), a secretive and controversial Turkish religious sect. With 135 schools enrolling more than 45,000 students, this network is substantially larger than KIPP, the well-known …