Position paper: Why PAA opposes mass school closingsPAA-New Orleans chapter protests charter school discrimination against disabled studentsParent “choice”: Schools choose – students loseParents VotePAA marchers begin the SOS March July 2011Founders speak at PAA kickoff forum, Feb. 8, 2011
Position paper: Why PAA opposes mass school closings
PAA-New Orleans chapter protests charter school discrimination against disabled students
Parent “choice”: Schools choose – students lose
Parents Vote
PAA marchers begin the SOS March July 2011
Founders speak at PAA kickoff forum, Feb. 8, 2011

Chicago charter-funding group will pay to improve failing charters

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To every thing, turn, turn, turn… Catalyst Notebook reports that the Renaissance Schools Fund – which is about to “turnaround” its brand name and call itself “New Schools for Chicago” — is going to budget a few million to “restructure at least a handful of low-achieving charters.” Does that mean it’s time to reform “education reform”? Wait – now, which is the status quo?? It’s so confusing. But, don’t worry. Catalyst also reports that the New Schools for Chicago folks …

Sign our petition to reform NCLB!

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The US Congress is considering how to revise No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the most important federal law that governs our public schools.  NCLB has been extremely damaging in the eyes of most parents, and needs fundamental reform.  Unfortunately, the Obama administration plans to make it worse in many respects. Parents Across America has developed our own blueprint, based upon less testing and privatization, more parent input, and a greater emphasis …

Sign our petition against budget cuts to schools!

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In states and districts all over the country, public school budgets are being slashed to the bone, and class sizes have increased at unprecedented rates.  Meanwhile, the US House of Representatives has proposed cutting federal aid to education by nearly $11 billion, which would lead to even larger classes, hurt millions of students, and cause the layoffs of more teachers and other critical school staff. Sign this letter to send a message to the President and your Senators and House …

PAA's Pamela Grundy at the White House

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Pamela is a parent at the Shamrock Gardens Elementary School in Charlotte NC, and a member of Mecklenburg Acts, an affiliate of Parents Across America.  She was chosen to be a part of the Mom Congress. by Pamela Grundy, cross posted at Seen from the ‘Rock The night before Barack Obama was elected President, I shook his hand. How that happened is a long and somewhat complicated story, but I won’t go into it now. What I remember best is the …

Union-busting budget-cutting Supt. to be appointed in Katonah NY!

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We have a terrible situation here in Katonah-Lewisboro, Westchester County, where Paul Kreutzer, a superintendent from New Berlin, Wisconsin, is about to be offered our  superintendent position in a back-room way by our school board and we have only until Tuesday evening to try to stop this. Kreutzer has done so much to harm his previous district.  It would take pages to detail, but among other things, we were told by the New Berlin union president that high school electives are now …

Is the Chicago honeymoon over for Supt. Brizard, before even starting?

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by Julie Woestehoff On the first day of spring break for the Chicago Public Schools, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel came out with guns blazing, drawing clear battle lines with Chicago teachers and parents by announcing that he will appoint Jean-Claude Brizard as the district’s Chief Executive Officer. Brizard has been school superintendent in Rochester, N.Y., for about three years, where he quickly became a divisive figure who recently garnered a 95 percent no confidence vote from the city’s teachers. Parents don’t …

An afternoon at Princeton with Arne Duncan

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by Leonie Haimson Yesterday, I attended a speech by Education Secretary Arne Duncan at Princeton University.  I was accompanied by Justin Wedes, the webmaster and social media expert for Parents Across America, and parent activist Julie Sass Rubin of SOS New Jersey, a PAA affiliate. It was a gorgeous spring day, with the magnolias and cherry blossoms in bloom. Perhaps as a result of the fine weather, the rather small venue of Richardson Hall wasn’t full and they were giving …

PAA press release on new ESEA position paper

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It’s time for lawmakers to listen to parents! National parent group reaches out to Congress on ESEA, demanding less testing and privatization and more proven, effective reforms As Congress considers the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, aka No Child Left Behind), Parents Across America, a national network of public school parents, will be calling on our U. S. Senators and Congressmen this week to share our concerns about the direction of federal education policy, and offer …

How to tell if your School District is infected by the Broad Virus

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This was originally posted on seattleducation2011. For more information see: A Parent Guide to the Broad Foundation’s training programs and education policies by Parents Across America  (or as a pdf factsheet.) Chicago has just learned that it will inherit Rochester, New York’s controversial and unpopular school superintendent, Jean-Claude Brizard (Broad Superintendent’s Academy “Class of 2007″).  Those of us who have experienced the “leadership” of  L.A. billionaire Eli Broad’s trained superintendents send Chicago our condolences. We have been there, done that, …

A Parent Guide to the Broad Foundation's programs and policies

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This guide can also be downloaded as a pdf fact sheet. A Parent Guide to the Broad Foundation’s training programs and education policies The question I ask is why should Eli Broad and Bill Gates have more of a say as to what goes on in my child’s classroom than I do? – Sue Peters, Seattle parent In recent months, three prominent school district superintendents resigned or were fired, after allegations of mismanagement, autocratic leadership styles, and/or the pursuit of …