The violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closingsPAA challenges negative effects of EdTechJOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed filmParents challenge PARCC/SBAC test secrecyNPE 2016 conference report
The violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closings
PAA challenges negative effects of EdTech
JOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!
Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed film
Parents challenge PARCC/SBAC test secrecy
NPE 2016 conference report

ESEA begins another year's journey

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Experts are predicting (also here) that the No Child Left Behind Act will not be revised in 2012. Meanwhile, Republican House education committee leaders are planning to change strategy and write a more comprehensive ESEA bill, dropping their efforts to come to agreement with Democrats on a set of issue-specific pieces and preparing a larger bill like the one passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee last October. The House committee has already passed individual bills …

Fighting back against mandatory school testing: It’s my way or the highway, says No Child Left Behind—but is it really?

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Aaryn is a parent in San Diego.  This piece is cross posted at Aaryn’s blog, Thematically Fickle.  An opt out letter that California parents can use is posted here. by Aaryn Belfer The red pillow takes the least space. The yellow pillow takes more space than the blue pillow. Which of the following is not true: The red pillow takes more space than the blue pillow. The yellow pillow takes more space than the red pillow. The blue pillow takes …

Why the press promotes the powerful, marginalizes dissent

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By Caroline Grannan Parents Across America founding member, San Francisco The press attitude toward corporate education “reform” has baffled me for more than a decade – since the national mainstream media was championing the education fad of that era, for-profit, New York-based Edison Schools – and beating up on the school board here in San Francisco for attempting to hold one Edison charter school here accountable for its commitments. As a newsroom veteran myself, I thought of my colleagues as …

The worst and the best education events of 2011

Posted on by leoniehaimson

Please add your suggestions of what I’ve missed in the comment section, and Happy New Year to all! Worst education news of 2011: Schools suffer huge budget cuts across the nation & class sizes increases, with the support of billionaires like Bill Gates, Bloomberg & and other members of the .0001%,  who send their own kids to expensive private schools and  who claim that resources and class sizes don’t matter. The child poverty rate grows even higher, with 11 states …

Are we winning the online debate over ed reform?

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There’s been a lots of intense tweeting and blogging over last two days about Alexander Russo’s post in which he called the good guys, including those of us on the NYC Education list serv and PAA (Parents Across America) “reform critics” and described us as “Goliaths” beating the billionaire “Davids”  in the online debate over education reform. Here’s an excerpt from the post, entitled: “Media: Reform Opponents Are Winning Online (For Now).”: As anyone who reads education sites or goes …

Please help PAA grow even stronger in 2012!

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Dear Friends, It’s nearly impossible for parents to ignore what’s being done to our public schools these days. It’s become even harder for parents to have a say about decisions that affect our children’s lives on a daily basis. In fact, politicians and those running our school systems often seem to think that the only voices that matter in education are those that come with big dollar signs! Fortunately, Parents Across America was formed nearly a year ago to give parents …

Florida parents win round #1 in court vs. budget cuts to schools

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Each and every year here in Florida, parents spend our hard-earned money building public education for our children.  We pay our property taxes to fund our schools only to see billions cut from education budgets.   Wanting the best for our children, we send in hundreds of millions of dollars in crayons and paper.  We sell enough wrapping paper to cover the earth three times.  We use that money to pay for direct classroom needs like books, smart-boards and computers.  This …

How Occupy Wall Street is Also an Education Justice Movement

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By Jason Langberg and Lewis Pitts The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has taken the country by storm. Tens of thousands of Americans are taking to the streets to protest corporate greed and government corruption. The People are sick and tired of capitalism destroying what’s left (after Citizens United) of our environment, our social safety nets, and our democracy. Indeed, there’s no corner of our country uncorrupted by the visible hands of moneyed elites and their puppets in government. Public …

Ignoring the hard-won progress of English learners

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The ballyhoo over a new school grading website piqued my interest, so I surfed over to to check it out.  After all, the power partners that have coalesced around the website’s development and launch know how to make a splash.  And why wouldn’t I be interested in the fact that they’ve taken the pains to offer information in Spanish? After just a few searches for some of the schools in my southwest Denver subdistrict, however, I see that this …

School closing protesters take over Chicago board meeting

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By Julie Woestehoff, PAA-Chicago TIME Magazine just named “The Protester” their “Person of the Year,” saying, “In 2011, protesters didn’t just voice complaints; they changed the world.” Today in Chicago, parents and teachers are demonstrating just how that happens. After camping out overnight in frigid rain in front of the Chicago Public Schools central office, people furious about the district’s years of failed, top-down school interventions took over the Board of Education meeting. driving school board members from the room …