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California charter school aims to shut down successful public school

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Guest post by Molly Black, parent, Los Altos, Calif. Founding Member of LASDVoices Los Altos, Calif., is a sleepy little town in a quiet part of Silicon Valley where shops close by 6 p.m. and the few restaurants in town are dark by 9 p.m.  Families move to Los Altos to take advantage of the excellent public school system and tight-knit community. The Los Altos School District (LASD) has a neighborhood school model. Each school is relatively small (400-600 students), …

Parents Across America hails defeat of Florida’s Parent Trigger bill

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For immediate release: March 10, 2012 Contacts: Rita Solnet, Boca Raton: (561) 289-7333; rsolnet@aol.com Caroline Grannan, San Francisco: (415) 412-5758; cgrannan@gmail.com Parents Across America hails defeat of Florida’s Parent Trigger bill: A victory of parents over forces that would privatize and profit from our public schools Public education and true parent empowerment were the winners after a “Parent Trigger” law died on the floor of the Florida State Senate on March 9, said Rita Solnet, a Florida parent activist and …

Education forum sponsored by PAA Charleston affiliate

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Sponsored by our newest affiliate, Charleston Area Community Voice for Education: Beyond CCSD’s Vision 2016: A Community Conversation about Testing and Accountability Do Performance and Achievement = Learning? Charleston Area Community Voice for Education presents Ceresta Smith -Free to the public- Monday, March 12th  at 7:00 p.m. Seacoast Church 750 Longpoint Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC Charleston Area Community Voice for Education is an independent group of local parents and educators striving to give the community a voice in public education …

Attempted coup by ConnCAN and TFA in Bridgeport: a cautionary tale

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Very often the corporate reformers appear to view elected school boards as getting in the way of their plans to privatize public education.  Matt Miller, who wrote a famous article called “First Kill All the School Boards” that argued that “local control has become a disaster for our schools” was recently selected to write the first draft of the report for the Obama Education Equity Commission. There appears to be little difference between the so-called left and the right in their …

Florida Parent Groups Frustrated by Lack of Access

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Check your pockets when a Corporate Education reformer claims to care about parent empowerment; nearly always, as in this case, they are working for their own private ends. For immediate release.Tallahassee, Florida On Saturday, March 3, 2012,  for the third time in a matter of weeks, a real Florida parent was cut off mid-sentence during testimony opposing SB 1718/”Parent Empowerment” and told by a sitting Senator that there was no time.  This came after the Senate Budget Committee listened to …

A corporate reform coup d'etat in Bridgeport

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By Norm Pattis, the attorney who litigated this case, cross-posted from his blog. An Open Letter to the Connecticut General Assembly In re: Bridgeport’s Schools A call came in moments ago. Mayor Bill Finch and his aides are busy at work in Hartford, lobbying lawmakers to pass legislation retroactively justifying the disbanding of the elected school board in Bridgeport. The governor’s men are also at work. Just yesterday. the State Supreme Court told the governor and the city they broke …

A corporate reform coup d’etat in Bridgeport

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By Norm Pattis, the attorney who litigated this case, cross-posted from his blog. An Open Letter to the Connecticut General Assembly In re: Bridgeport’s Schools A call came in moments ago. Mayor Bill Finch and his aides are busy at work in Hartford, lobbying lawmakers to pass legislation retroactively justifying the disbanding of the elected school board in Bridgeport. The governor’s men are also at work. Just yesterday. the State Supreme Court told the governor and the city they broke …

Parents Vote

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PAA marchers begin the SOS March July 2011

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Texas Lives Up to Moniker as Lone STARR State

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In March, the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) will replace the TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) test, which Texan students have taken annually since the implementation of No Child Left Behind. The STAAR test promises to have a higher degree of difficulty than the TAKS test and comes with more strings (some would say spurs) attached. Several years ago, the State Legislature amended the Texas Education Code to require an end-of-course exam that will count …