ADD YOUR VOICE! PAA’s national parent survey is hereSurvey contest and other detailsFollow-up resource list for parent survey participantsStudent data privacy webinar Tuesday May 23Archive of PAA newsletters from September 2016Is there a PAA chapter or affiliate in your state?JOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!
ADD YOUR VOICE! PAA’s national parent survey is here
Survey contest and other details
Follow-up resource list for parent survey participants
Student data privacy webinar Tuesday May 23
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!

Teachers in low-income, high minority Denver school face the axe

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reprinted with permission from DeFENSE Denver Readers will no doubt recall that there has been a massive hostile takeover of six different schools in the greater Montbello area. For those that aren’t familiar, this is a neighborhood in Denver, traditionally predominantly African-American but now populated by large numbers of Latinos. Montbello High School will now be broken up into three different schools. The current high school, now dubbed “Legacy,” will phase out students one year at a time. The other …

Bill Clinton speaks in support of Wake school diversity

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From the Raleigh News & Observer: BY THOMAS GOLDSMITH – Staff Writer Former President Bill Clinton has become the highest-profile figure to wade into the controversy involving the future of Wake County’s public schools. Clinton chose the opening of an exhibit in his presidential library in Little Rock, Ark. on one of the nation’s most dramatic school integration events to criticize Wake County’s change in direction on keeping schools’ populations balanced by students’ socioeconomic backgrounds. Previously, newsmakers including federal Secretary …

David vs. Goliath

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From: Huffington Post By Rita Solnet It wasn’t just the type of slingshot or the shape of rock David used when he defeated Goliath. . . .What helps you win when all the power and the money and legislative rule is stacked against you? Read more.

Parents Unified for Local School Education

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Family participation in students’ education has been shown to positively affect academic, behavioral, and social development. Yet, there has been a systematic marginalization of parental (family) involvement in New Jersey, just like in  places like Chicago, New York and New Orleans.  When the New Jersey legislature adopted the SFRA (School Funding Formula Act) in 2008 (a policy endorsed by then-Governor Corzine and Education Commissioner Lucille Davy) parent participation at a local school level was all but removed from state law. …

Before you Trash the Teacher Unions…

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You might want to read this. How do states which allow collective bargaining for unions compare, academically, against those that don’t? More >>

Are You in Solidarity with the Teachers of Wisconsin?

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Gov. Walker of Wisconsin is bragging about having 19K supportive emails for his plan to axe budget and most collective bargaining rights for public employees like teachers. Give him a math lesson? email: govgeneral@wisconsin.gov and tell him what’s on your mind.

Dear Mr. President

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From: Living in Dialogue By Peggy Robertson When I was twelve I read a book that changed my life. Read more.

Shakespeare and Standardized Tests

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From: Seen from the ‘Rock By Pamela Grundy “Can you give us a quote from Shakespeare?” the girl asks. Her classmates crowd around, notebooks and pencils in hand, eyes expectant. Read more.

Why I Am Not A Defender of the Status Quo in Education

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From: Huffington Post By Sue Peters The current crowd of education reformers like to dismiss any of us who disagree with their agenda as “defenders of the status quo.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more.

Save Our Schools NJ

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New Jersey currently has  one of the best public school systems in the country. Check out the policy goals of one of our newest affiliates, Save Our Schools NJ, formed  to preserve the quality of New Jersey’s public school system from devastating budget cuts and privatization. Save Our Schools NJ (SOSnj) is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization of parents and other concerned residents who believe that all New Jersey children should have access to a high quality public education. Our group …