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Get inspired by Helen Gym…PAA Week Day 3
Read PAA’s 2017 survey report: “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”
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!

Albany public schools defeat attack from charter school leaders

Posted on by Mark Mishler

Public school parents in Albany, NY breathed a sigh of relief late in the evening of May 17th when word came that voters passed the proposed school budget. This was despite an unprecedented effort by the leadership of the Brighter Choice Foundation, which controls all eleven existing charter schools in Albany, to have the school budget defeated. Many Albany homes received three anonymous mailings over the past several weeks urging a “no” vote on the school budget, as well as …

Standardized Testing: Playing into the Privatizers' Hands

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By Pamela Grundy The scene: a Board of Education meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina The situation: Board members are considering a motion to roll back an testing program that mandates high-stakes standardized tests for every child in every subject in every grade – a program that has sparked anger from teachers and parents across the district. “Coach” Joe White, a lifelong educator and the board’s longest-serving member, addresses the audience in a gravelly, passionate voice. These are dangerous times, he …

Class bias, class size and online learning: shame on them!

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It’s not enough that school districts across the country are laying off teachers right and left and increasing class size to intolerable levels.  It seems that the DC think tanks are absolutely dedicated towards further encouraging this trend and destroying any efforts to retain equitable class sizes in our public schools. Last week in the Daily News, Chester Finn of the conservative Fordham Institute attacked the whole notion of class size reduction, proposing that putting kids on computers instead would …

Chicago Tribune's response to the PAA parent trigger position

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

The Chicago Tribune didn’t publish PAA’s own letter about parent trigger laws, even though their April 29th editorial specifically slammed our position. But a few days ago they did print this letter from one of the unions involved in the only parent trigger shoot-out so far: This is in response to your April 30 editorial “Parent power.” When you refer to the McKinley Elementary School petition in Compton, Calif., as “parent-powered, child-focused,” you ignore the fact that the petition was …

Myron Miner on the underlying motives of the corporate reform crowd hools

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Many have wondered why the corporate reformers in charge of school districts in NYC, Chicago, and elsewhere are so eager to undermine the quality of education in our public schools, in favor of charter operators that drain our public school system of resources and space.  Myron Miner of Last Stand for Children First gives us the inside scoop: This week the Illinois Chapter of Last Stand for Children First joined students across the state in celebrating historic legislation that is …

The Broad Foundation in Charlotte

Posted on by pagrundy

The Charlotte Observer has published an insightful article on the Broad Foundation in Charlotte: The first paragraph: “Superintendent Peter Gorman may be the face of public education in Charlotte, but is a Los Angeles billionaire the power behind the scenes?” Observer education reporter Ann Doss Helms also has a blog post that lays out the process by which she came to write the article, as well as the sources she drew on, which included interviewing, Web searches, tips from …

What's up with Chicago teachers and the "Performance Counts" bill?

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

by Julie Woestehoff Yesterday at a Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates meeting, the membership voted to rescind their leaders’ endorsement of Senate Bill 7 and fight it instead. What’s going on here? First, let’s take a couple of steps back. In mid-December of last year, several business-backed “education reform” groups tried to push through a piece of teacher-bashing legislation called “Performance Counts” during the Christmas and New Year holidays. They must have expected that teachers would be caught flat-footed …

Testimony in Newark on Charter School Co-location

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Below is testimony from Julius Tajiddin, a NYC public school parent, on the issue of co-locating charter schools in Newark public school buildings, a practice that has led to bitterness and division among NYC parents.  An Independent Budget Office report, showing that in NYC,  co-located charter schools receive more public funds per student than district public schools is here. _____ I learned last night that Newark New Jersey’s School District is under the NJ Governor’s  Control.  Oh boy!  Anyway I …

Testing Madness: Charlotte Today, Your Schools Tomorrow

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By Pamela Grundy This spring, Charlotte, North Carolina, saw an explosion of standardized testing. In March, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) rolled out 52 new standardized tests for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our Broad Foundation trained superintendent proudly proclaims that we will soon lead the nation in testing, with standardized tests for every student in every subject. In addition to the mandated state tests in reading, math and science, CMS students will take tests in art, P.E, dance, band, orchestra, …

Teachers, we honor and respect you!

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It’s teacher appreciation week; and in a  letter in EdWeek published today, Arne Duncan attempts to convince teachers  that his policies actually reflect respect towards their profession.   Sabrina Shupe Stevens provides the perfect rejoinder: Actions speak louder than words. Though you often have nice words to say about teachers, what you do is more important, and your actions thus far do not indicate that you respect, value, or support teachers and our profession as much as you claim. Please read …