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Wal*Mart “wins” PAA’s first Bad Apple award
Our voices….our t-shirt….
Read PAA’s 2017 survey report: “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”
Handy parent resource list on current issues
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!

The Myth of “Choice” in New Orleans by Karran Harper Royal

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In recent days, as John White has been appointed the new head of the New Orleans Recovery School District, there has been much written about how NOLA schools have created unprecedented “choice” for parents. Here what Karran Harper Royal, founding member of Parents Across America – New Orleans, believes about the question of “choice”.  See also the response from a NOLA parent below. Recently, the Times Picayune published a story that said “most charter schools outperform traditional schools.” The traditional …

Obama and Duncan on South Korea: What can they be thinking?

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South Korean students get high marks on the international competitions like the PISAs.  In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said we should emulate its educational system.  Arne Duncan has repeatedly extolled South Korea as well,arguing that  parents in the United States should demand the same sort of excellence that Korean parents demand of their children. In several speeches,  he has repeated the story about how Obama asked the President of South Korea “”What is the biggest education …

John White, the next Superintendent of New Orleans?

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UPDATE: his appointment was just announced; see Times-Picayune, with quotes from MBP Stringer, Irene Kaufman and me. My condolences to New Orleans. John White, NYC Deputy Chancellor, is reportedly being considered as the next Superintendent of New Orleans schools. White led the DOE’s efforts to expand charters, and to co-locate them in already existing schools. He is also a former TFA-er, and a graduate of the Broad Superintendent Academy, which has trained countless controversial superintendents, including many that have received …

A refresher course in how Arne Duncan failed in Chicago

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by Dora Taylor For Arne Duncan’s record, I  would recommend going through Catalyst’s In-Depth report of his Renaissance 2010, the plan that he rolled out as CEO of the Chicago Public School system. He heralded his plan as a success and his appointment to Secretary of Education was based on this so-called “success”. He then took that model of Renaissance 2010 and projected it onto school districts around the country, re-titling it “Race to the Top”. The results of this …

Test Season

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Pamela Grundy ‘Seen from the ‘Rock (http://seenfromtherock.blogspot.com/) This spring, along with the dogwoods and the pollen, Mecklenburg County has been hit by waves of standardized tests. It’s the season of pay for performance, the latest fad in a long line of efforts to change American education from the top down. State standardized tests already consume a good chunk of the school year, when you count the weeks of focused preparation, the drawn-out process of making sure that every child is …

What's happened in Florida in the past three weeks; read it and weep!

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by Rita Solnet As promised, here’s what happened in the past three, sad, never-to-be-forgotten weeks in Florida as it relates to public education. SB 736 ENACTED: 1)  Teachers will have 50% of their evaluations based on student’s standardized test scores (FCATs). This is effective immediately and impacts every teacher.  Anyone who does not teach Reading or Math will receive a score based upon a calculation of all the teachers.  So, to be clear,  teacher’s salaries, their ability to be re-hired for one more year, …

Sign our petition to Congress against education cuts now!

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In states and districts all over the country, public school budgets are being slashed to the bone, and class sizes have increased at unprecedented rates, despite the fact that smaller classes have been shown to improve outcomes for all students, particularly our neediest children. Meanwhile, the US House of Representatives has proposed cutting federal aid to education by nearly $11 billion, which would lead to even larger classes, hurt millions of students, and cause the layoffs of more teachers and …

Warning to parents about ALEC and its draft education legislation

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See the message below from a PAA member in Texas, Karen Miller.  Karen is forwarding information about William Cronon, a noted historian at UW-Madison, who wrote about ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative organization backed by business interests that circulates draft legislation in every state capital, including anti-union legislation approved in Wisconsin. In retaliation, Cronon has now had his emails FOILed by the Wisconsin GOP party. As Karen points out, ALEC has a number of damaging education model …

Pennsylvania standardized tests burden schools and students

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by Michele Gray, Parents Across America – Central Pennsylvania (originally posted as oped at the Centre Daily Times) The PSSAs are upon us. Notices from schools advise parents that our kids get enough sleep, stay hydrated, eat a healthy breakfast and take breaks from after-school activities. It sounds like students are going to be running a marathon. With the support of education experts, some parents in State College and neighboring communities are choosing a different path. Under Pennsylvania Code Title …

Rrrowr! Parent trigger front group “outraged” by PURE/PAA position

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Choppers and charters by Julie Woestehoff, cross posted at http://pureparents.org Even though the story was not even carried in the Tribune print edition, the World’s Greatest Newspaper ran a letter today tearing into a recent Trib blog post about the PURE/Parents Across America position against the parent trigger. Here’s how they put it: “As parents, we are outraged by statements in a story you ran about PURE’s fight against parent engagement in schools.” Right. That’s PURE – always fighting against …