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

Support for teachers in North Carolina

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PAA affiliate MecklenburgACTS.org joined several thousand other activists for the final “Moral Monday” protest against the broad range of ALEC-driven legislation enacted in the just-concluded session of North Carolina’s legislature. In a sweeping series of bills, state legislators lowered taxes on corporations and wealthy residents, while cutting education, health care, unemployment and a wide range of other programs. They also took aim at many basic rights, enacting one of the nation’s most stringent set of voting restrictions as well as …

Press release: Parents to Rep. George Miller: For “National Parents Day,” listen to parents!

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Press release: For Immediate Release July 26, 2013 Parents to Rep. George Miller: To celebrate “National Parents Day,” please listen to parents! Parents Across America, a network of grassroots parents and parent groups across the U.S., has learned that Rep George Miller, ranking Democratic member of the House education committee, is holding a teleconference today to celebrate the July 28th National Parents Day. The teleconference is taking place today, July 26, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. EST Toll-free U.S. dial-in #:866-952-1907 …

Congress: Listen to parents!

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Please share this fax with your Congressional representatives and senators (downloadable pdf) Listen to Parents! Parent Voices Weekly Education Fax July 25, 2013  Survey: Parents oppose testing, school closings and “choice” American Federation of Teachers survey shows most parents want less testing, charter schools and school closings and more support for neighborhood public schools. From the AFT press release: Most parents with children in public schools do not support recent changes in education policy, from closing low-performing schools to shifting …

Press release: Parents ask for significant changes to House ESEA bill

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***For Immediate Release*** July 17, 2013 Contacts Dora Taylor, (Seattle) President, PAA -206-841-9613 Pamela Grundy (Charlotte) -704-806-0410 Julie Woestehoff (Chicago) – 773-715-3989   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 the U.S. House of Representatives moves to considers H. R. 5, the Student Success Act, this week, representatives of Parents Across America (PAA), a national network of public …

Charts for PAA positions on House (Repub) and Senate (Dem) ESEA bills

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With the House poised to act this week on H.R. 5, the Republican version of ESEA reauthorization, PAA has prepared two charts detailing where we support and where we oppose the proposals of the House and Senate education committees. Please share them with your Congressional representatives. PAA’s annual meeting takes place this Wednesday through Friday in D.C., so several PAA leaders will be on Capitol Hill distributing our charts. They could use your support from the field! PAA chart on …

Time for a strong message on ESEA

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There are a lot of petitions and sign-ons these days. Do they do any good? This one, called the Declaration to Rebuild America, gets at most of PAA’s priority issues and includes a good mix of people and organizations as early endorsers. It may be an indication that the message of true education progressives is becoming clearer and more unified. The full Declaration is too long to reproduce here, but its main aspects are very similar to PAA’s statement of …

Principal removal and REAL parent empowerment

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Last week, a Parent Revolution-backed petition drive collected enough signatures to force out the well-respected principal of Weigand Avenue Elementary School in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. According to the article, 21 out of 22 teachers at the school have asked for transfers in protest. That’s parent empowerment? We’re skeptical, in part because of the many deceptive tactics used by the well-funded Parent Revolution astroturfers – most recently exposed here for paying their so-called parent activists to promote the …

Online Forum: The Parent Trigger from California to Florida

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     The Parent Trigger from California to Florida Sunday, May 26, 2013 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM Pacific Time     We will be hearing from Lori Yuan, a parent in Adelanto who fought the Parent Trigger at her school, and Parents Across America Founding Member Rita Solnet who, along with other organizations, defeated the Parent Trigger bill in the Florida State Senate on March 9, 2013.   To reserve your ticket, go to eventbrite. This is a …

Why I am Running for School Board – by Sue Peters

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By PAA Founding Member Sue Peters: For the past nine years, I have been deeply involved in Seattle’s public schools, as a parent of two, a school volunteer, an education blogger, a member of district task forces and as a local and national public education advocate. I would like to help steer the largest school district in Washington State in a positive direction. I believe that I can serve the Seattle school community even better as a representative on the …

Update on parent trigger

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The parent trigger is a hot issue in many states now. It started in California, launched by the organization Parent Revolution, a fake-grassroots operation founded by charter-school mogul Steve Barr and funded by the likes of Gates, Walton et al. Here’s a summary of the current parent trigger landscape in California and a brief history of the previous parent triggers, put together from California sources who have followed the issue. Parent Revolution currently has two or three parent triggers going …