Founding members of PAA share why they got involved.
The following update is by Sue Peters, a founding member of Parents Across America and Parents Across America -Seattle, where over the course of the past year, grassroots organizing, community members and stakeholders have beaten down the forces of corporate reform several times, including in the latest school board elections. Amazingly, the State of Washington still does not allow charter schools, in the backyard of that privatization juggernaut, the Gates Foundation. This year, Seattle has also forced the resignation of … →
Today’s Public Schools Action Tuesday (PSAT) action is an easy one since everyone’s busy cooking and cleaning (and working) this week! To start Thanksgiving a little early, please give thanks for teachers. The Use Your Teacher Voice web site is a good place to start. You’ll hear from a variety of teachers like David, from Social Justice High School, who explains the link between poverty and student learning difficulties. I am so grateful to the teachers in my own family. … →
Below see the account of last night’s victory by Patty Williams of Great Schools in Wake Co. NC, an affiliate of Parents Across America. Conservative forces had taken control of the school board with the help of a group called Americans for Prosperity, which is funded in part by the Koch brothers; the conservative majority had tried to eliminate the district’s integration policy. For more on this, see Colbert Report video below. This is a long story, with a happy … →
Sandra Stotsky was one of the authors of the Massachusetts learning standards in English Language Arts – widely thought to be the best in the nation – and was a member of the Common Core State Standards Initiative Validation Committee, though she has been critical of the final versions as being deficient. David Coleman and Jason Zimba, working under a contract with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, were the primary authors of the standards, despite the fact neither man had ever … →
Update stories from Ed Week here and here on the status of ESEA in the Senate HELP committee, which has set a hearing on the proposal for November 8: …the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the committee, and Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., reached an agreement with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., so that action on the bill could move forward. …the biggest loser is the Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s plan to offer states waivers from some … →
This is the story of Gretchen Herrera, and her battle with her son’s charter school, to allow him to opt out standardized testing. Her son Anthony attended the South Carolina Virtual Charter School, a branch of K12 Inc., one of the nation’s largest chains of for-profit charter schools. Here is a petition you can sign against imposing high stakes tests in South Carolina. Here is Gretchen’s personal petition you can also sign. She writes: “I want his story known because … →
This letter is available as a pdf here. A version of the letter which you can edit to fax to your Senators is here. A handy chart laying out which provisions in the bill we support and oppose is here. October 18, 2011 Re: Reauthorization of ESEA Dear Senator Harkin: Your proposed revisions to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act show that you and the HELP Committee have listened to some of the concerns voiced by parents and others about … →