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

A Pause in Testing Madness

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By Pamela Grundy This time last year, residents of Charlotte, North Carolina faced a massive expansion of high-stakes standardized testing, aimed at making the students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools the most tested in the nation. That spring, students, teachers and parents endured the outbreak of what we soon called “testing madness.” On top of the regular state tests, teachers across Mecklenburg County were required to administer 52 new high-stakes standardized tests, part of superintendent Peter Gorman’s goal of testing every child …

PAA letter to House Education committee on ESEA

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The House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on new House proposals to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Some day we hope that the committee will include real parent voices in their hearings. Until then, we need to keep the letters coming, Here’s what we faxed to the committee members today (feel free to copy, sign, and send to your own congresspeople). We are working on a more detailed position statement on the …

Hear from PAA members how to fight back against corporate reform!

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Dear Friends: · Feeling overwhelmed by all the negative legislation and education policies being imposed by corporate reformers on your school or district?  Want to hear some advice on how you can fight back? Next  Monday night, Feb. 20 at 8 PM, Parents Across America will be sponsoring a conference call, open to all parents and concerned citizens, to brief you on strategies you can use to fight back against the damaging tide of privatization wreaking havoc our public schools. …

Hear from PAA members how to fight back against corporate reform!

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Dear Friends: · Feeling overwhelmed by all the negative legislation and education policies being imposed by corporate reformers on your school or district?  Want to hear some advice on how you can fight back? Next  Monday night, Feb. 20 at 8 PM, Parents Across America will be sponsoring a conference call, open to all parents and concerned citizens, to brief you on strategies you can use to fight back against the damaging tide of privatization wreaking havoc our public schools. …

Parents, students protest Noble charter network predatory discipline policy

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Press release – February 13th, 2012 Parents, Students: Noble Street Profiting from Predatory Discipline Code Practices spread as Mayor Emanuel promotes a hidden education tax on Chicago’s Black and Latino families FEBRUARY 13—With Mayor Emanuel expanding the Noble Street Charter Network as a model for public education throughout Chicago, community groups today released original data on the profits that the growing charter network is making from disciplinary fines imposed on low-income families. Hundreds of students, parents and supporters from Voices …

Diane Ravitch: Do Politicians know anything about education?

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Here are some important questions that the media — and parents — should be asking candidates for the Presidency on down to local school board elections. Cross-posted at Nieman Watchdog By Diane Ravitch gardendr@gmail.com 1. Both Republican candidates and President Obama are enamored of charter schools—that is, schools that are privately managed and deregulated. Are you aware that studies consistently show that charter schools don’t get better results than regular public schools? Are you aware that studies show that, like …

Parents: make your voice heard on your state’s NCLB waiver!

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Dear all: As you know, the U.S. Department of Education is offering a “waiver” of NCLB requirements (ESEA flexibility) to those states that agree to specific requirements. Unfortunately, these new requirements may be as onerous and expensive, if not more so, than NCLB itself. States must adopt new curricula, new tests, new sanctions/supports for the 15 percent lowest scoring schools, must link teacher and principal evaluations to standardized test scores, and instead of all students being “proficient” by 2014, all …

Parents: make your voice heard on your state's NCLB waiver!

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Dear all: As you know, the U.S. Department of Education is offering a “waiver” of NCLB requirements (ESEA flexibility) to those states that agree to specific requirements. Unfortunately, these new requirements may be as onerous and expensive, if not more so, than NCLB itself. States must adopt new curricula, new tests, new sanctions/supports for the 15 percent lowest scoring schools, must link teacher and principal evaluations to standardized test scores, and instead of all students being “proficient” by 2014, all …

PAA on real parent empowerment – an antidote to phony "parental choice"

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Press release * For immediate release January 31, 2012 Contacts: Julie Woestehoff, PAA co-founder, Parents United for Responsible Education, Chicago 773-715-3989 Leonie Haimson, PAA co-founder, Class Size Matters, New York City – 212-674-7320 Lorie Barzano, PAA, The Coalition to Strengthen Austin (TX) Urban Schools – 512-447-5577 Karran Harper Royal, PAA founder, Education advocate – 504-722-8174 Parents Across America releases a proposal for real parent empowerment in schools An antidote to phony “parental choice” Chicago, IL and other cities across the …

Rita Solnet: an open letter to Michelle Rhee and Students First

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This letter was written by Rita M. Solnet, one of the founders of Parents Across America, in response to a letter from Students First, asking her to support the so-called “Parent Empowerment Act,” a form of the Parent Trigger, which is really a stealth attack by charter industry to privatize our public schools.  See the PAA position paper on the Parent Trigger, here and here for the overwhelming rejection of this proposal by Florida parent groups. To:  Jeri Powell,  Students …