Missed the webinar with Jesse Hagopian? Watch it here.Is there a PAA chapter or affiliate in your state?Watch the webinar – Our Children @ Risk: Stop the Ed Tech JuggernautThe violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closingsJOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed filmNPE 2016 conference report
Missed the webinar with Jesse Hagopian? Watch it here.
Is there a PAA chapter or affiliate in your state?
Watch the webinar – Our Children @ Risk: Stop the Ed Tech Juggernaut
The violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closings
JOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!
Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed film
NPE 2016 conference report

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 …

How ideas like the Parent Trigger fall in and out of favor

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By Caroline Grannan, San Francisco Parents Across America Founding Member There are times when we see public opinion or the tone of media coverage shifting noticeably. I blogged about such a shift earlier today, when I posted about a Los Angeles Times article that focused on how a Parent Trigger campaign is ripping a disadvantage school community apart. That focus marked a significant shift from the overwhelming positive, unquestioning news coverage the Parent Trigger has received in the past. This …

Illinois ESEA waiver request: more testing, please!

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Tomorrow, the Illinois State Board of Education will vote on an ESEA flexibility waiver application which will do little but add more tests to an already ridiculous state assessment system. Here are the comments I submitted to ISBE last week: “Stop teaching to the test”  – President Barack Obama, 2012 State of the Union Address In their November 22, 2011, joint letter announcing Illinois’ intent to pursue a waiver from NCLB, ISBE Chair Gery Chico and State Superintendent Christopher Koch …

The press finally wakes up to Parent Trigger scam

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By Caroline Grannan, San Francisco Parents Across America founding member The Parent Trigger, an education reform fad that started in California in early 2010 and is now being pushed as a miracle solution around the country, may have finally lost its magic with the mainstream media. The Feb. 19, 2012, Los Angeles Times ran an article about the latest (of two total) Parent Trigger projects, focusing on charges that the “campaign has divided the campus, destroyed friendships and given rise …

Texas Lives Up to Its Moniker as Lone STAAR State

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