The violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closingsPAA challenges negative effects of EdTechJOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed filmParents challenge PARCC/SBAC test secrecyNPE 2016 conference report
The violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closings
PAA challenges negative effects of EdTech
JOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!
Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed film
Parents challenge PARCC/SBAC test secrecy
NPE 2016 conference report

Parent Power in Indiana

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From John Harris Loflin, a leader of PAA Indianapolis affiliate Parent Power: Like PAA members and supporters, the B&LPI and Parent Power in Indianapolis know the importance of viable and authentic parent-teacher relationships to school success. This is why we are working with the IUPUI School of Education to bring in Dr. Edward Olivos. He has a unique way of looking at teacher-parent relationships and participation the community must consider. The Black & Latino Policy Institute (www.bl-pi.org) will present a …

A bad week for corporate reform

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The news was so bad last week for privatizers and the testing industry that we had to make sure our representatives in Congress didn’t miss any of it as they move to finalize ESEA. Thanks to Jeff Bryant of the Educational Opportunity Network for pulling these news items all together in one place for us. We sent the following fax out to the full Congress. You can cut and paste it from here or download a pdf here to share …

PAA responds to President Obama’s letter on testing

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On Monday, President Obama published an open letter to parents and teachers about testing. The letter introduced his administration’s new Testing Action Plan which is supposed to fix the problems of excessive testing. The plan defines a set of testing principles for states and school districts to follow to make for “fewer and smarter” tests. The President invited us to respond to this plan. We shared our response today (see below or download our letter here). We agree with Diane …

Links to PAA charter school webinar and slide show

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Hi Folks- If you missed our Oct. 25 webinar on the Washington State Supreme Court ruling that charter school funding in the state is unconstitutional, you can watch the 45-minute video here and review the full slide show presentation here. Many thanks to panelists Dr. Wayne Au and the League of Women Voters – WA State’s Catherine Ahl for sharing their expertise with our audience. PAA President Dora Taylor moderated the meeting and shared lots of good information as well. …

PAA Webinar: How WA state activists nixed charter schools

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Join us on Sunday, October 25, to talk about the Washington State Supreme Court ruling declaring charter schools  unconstitutional! Parents Across America invites you to a webinar about the Washington state court case that declared state funding of charter schools unconstitutional in the state. Hear from PAA President Dora Taylor, a key advocate for the effort, along with winning plaintiffs, education professor Dr. Wayne Au and League of Women Voters education chair Catherine Ahl.  Topic: How Washington State activists nixed …

Not lovin’ McTeachers’ Night

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Can you believe that McDonald’s enlists teachers to sell junk food to their students? On “McTeacher’s Nights” across the country, teachers “work” behind the counter selling burgers, fries, and soda to their students and their students’ families. It’s a marketing ploy disguised as a school fundraiser. McDonald’s is exploiting the hard-earned trust, respect, and popularity of teachers to sell junk food to kids and create brand loyalty. It’s shameful that McDonald’s is using the tragic underfunding of our public schools as …

Model parent letter on testing

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PAA-Roanoke Valley leader Laura Bowman shared this excellent model letter prepared by her PAA chapter for parents to bring to school at the beginning of the school year:   Dear_____________, Parents are concerned with the number of standardized tests their children take each year. In addition, parents believe the time spent preparing for the tests is excessive and they see the emotional fallout from the pressure from standardized testing on their children and on their children’s teachers. The expense of …

School uniforms?

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Kimberly Brooks, leader of PAA chapter PAA-Atlanta Public Schools, wrote the following article challenging the district’s school uniform policy. Atlanta Public Schools Uniform Policies: What Can We Infer From Them? A few weeks ago I spent over a hundred dollars in attire for my two children to attend school – a public school. The school has a mandatory uniform policy for all students. This is a good policy, correct? As a parent uniformity looks more eloquent and prestigious, right? Well, …

Parents of PAA Boston affiliate QUEST challenge Mayor’s school plans

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BOSTON PARENT GROUP QUESTIONS RENEWING BOSTON COMPACT AND PURSUING A UNIFIED LOTTERY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 17th, 2015   Contacts: Mary Battenfeld, mbattenfeld@wheelock.edu, (857)719-3670 Megan Wolf, mwolf47@hotmail.com, (617)435-5011   Quality Education for Every Student (QUEST), a grassroots organization of Boston Public School parents with children who have attended over 30 Boston Public Schools, voiced concern about the Mayor’s plan to expand the Boston Compact agreement between charter, parochial, and Boston Public schools. QUEST has particular concerns with a proposal to …

Fed rule changes for testing disabled children start Sept. 21

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Thanks to conversations with Dr. Gary Thompson, a noted Utah child psychologist who has spoken out against the Common Core, we have learned that new federal regulations go into effect on September 21, 2015, barring states from using alternative assessments for special education students, with the exception of a very restricted number of students they label “severely cognitively impaired.” Dr. Thompson has shared his concerns about this change, which he says is based on “fraudulent and unethical use of psychology …