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Get inspired by Helen Gym…PAA Week Day 3
PAA Week Day 1 – 3 Easy Things to do to impact education policy
Read PAA’s 2017 survey report: “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”
Join us for PAA Week August 14-17!
Follow-up resource list for parent survey participants
Archive of PAA newsletters from September 2016
Is there a PAA chapter or affiliate in your state?
JOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!

President Obama's education budget priorities wrong

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PAA has serious concerns about President Obama’s education budget. Here is a one-page comparison chart detailing our positions regarding the President’s budget proposal. We sent a letter to members of the House and Senate education committees today which included the following comments, with our chart attached: Our general concern is that the budget seems to reinforce the current corporate reform agenda of further privatization, school closings, more charter schools, larger classes, and the expansion of high-stakes standardized tests. In fact, …

President Obama’s education budget priorities wrong

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PAA has serious concerns about President Obama’s education budget. Here is a one-page comparison chart detailing our positions regarding the President’s budget proposal. We sent a letter to members of the House and Senate education committees today which included the following comments, with our chart attached: Our general concern is that the budget seems to reinforce the current corporate reform agenda of further privatization, school closings, more charter schools, larger classes, and the expansion of high-stakes standardized tests. In fact, …

Clear Creek TX school board resolution vs. high-stakes testing

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At least 40 Texas school boards have passed this resolution against high-stakes testing, “strangling our schools.” Here is the wording of the resolution passed by Clear Creek School District, a large district near NASA.  It has been called “The shot heard around the county.” Why not around the country? If Texas school boards can pass this resolution, why shouldn’t all school boards in the nation adopt similar ones? BOARD OF TRUSTEES CLEAR CREEK INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT RESOLUTION CONCERNING HIGH STAKES, …

Gov.Jindal has a death wish agenda for K-12 education in Louisiana

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Things are bad everywhere but nowhere is it worse than in Louisiana, where Gov. Bobby Jindal and State Superintendent John White threaten to annihilate the state’s public schools with budget cuts, vouchers, the expansion of virtual charters, the erosion of teacher rights, and other forms of noxious corporate reform.  The following is by  Don Whittinghill , a consultant to the Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA),  a non-profit service organization representing local school board members in 69 local systems. Gov. Bobby …

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 …