Missed the webinar with Jesse Hagopian? Watch it here.Is there a PAA chapter or affiliate in your state?Watch the webinar – Our Children @ Risk: Stop the Ed Tech JuggernautThe violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closingsJOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed filmNPE 2016 conference report
Missed the webinar with Jesse Hagopian? Watch it here.
Is there a PAA chapter or affiliate in your state?
Watch the webinar – Our Children @ Risk: Stop the Ed Tech Juggernaut
The violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closings
JOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!
Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed film
NPE 2016 conference report

We object to unbalanced witness list of House Ed Committee hearings

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The Education and Workforce Committee of the US House of Representatives is holding hearings on “innovation” in education policy today. The  list of witnesses completely excludes the people who have the greatest stake in public school improvement – parents. The witnesses also represent a single, ideologically driven approach to educational policy that has yet to produce significant benefits for American schoolchildren. All four witnesses are pro-privatization: Dr. Tony Bennett, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction,  a strong supporter of charter schools …

Parents Across America Launches Nationwide

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Parents Across America: National group launches to give parents a voice in the education debate FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, February 9, 2011 Contacts: Leonie Haimson: 917-435-9329; leonieh@parentsacrossamerica.org Julie Woestehoff: 773-538-1135; pure@pureparents.org Parent advocates from across the country converged on New York City on Monday, February 7 for the first national forum of Parents Across America, a parent-led movement to make parent voices heard in the national debate over education reform – and to promote positive, common-sense solutions that will improve …

Parents Across America forum featuring Diane Ravitch

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Parent advocates from across the country converged on New York City on Monday night for the first national forum of Parents Across America, the parent-led movement to make sure parent  voices heard in the national debate over education reform, and to promote positive, commonsense solutions that will work to improve our public schools. Speaking to a crowded audience of about 350 parents, community members and     educators, Dr. Diane Ravitch warned about the ways that excessive reliance on standardized tests and privatization through …

PAA Helps Sponsor Education Forward Summit- Jan 26, 2011

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Florida Education Forward! Summit – January 26, 2011 The challenges which Florida’s public education faces approach us with hurricane force this year.  After the recent election, those in the education profession might call it a Cat 5 storm, at that. January, I thought to myself,  is a time for new beginnings, new ideas, new cooperation.  Central in my mind was the thought that we simply cannot begin a new year re-hashing old reform ideas which sent us into a tailspin …

Why Do Chicago Students March Across the Street Every Day?

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By Julie Woestehoff of PURE and co-founder of Parents Across America Well, it’s not just to get to the other side. Since Monday, a handful of Advanced Placement students from Chicago’s South Shore Schools of the Arts and of Technology have been marching across the street for a mere 50 minutes of class in the brand-new, otherwise empty South Shore International College Prep High School building. Meanwhile, the rest of the students at these two small high schools are being …

Why I Am Not A Defender Of The 'Status Quo' In Education

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By Sue Peters, co-editor of the Seattle Education 2010 blog & founding member of Parents Across America Huffington Post, February 4, 2011 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. I am not a defender of the status quo in public education because the status quo is currently No Child Left Behind and its insidious spin-off Race to …

PAA news from the Charlotte-Observer

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Parents mobilize nationwide Pam Grundy, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools parent activist (and frequent poster to this blog), will be part of next week’s launch of Parents Across America, a coalition of parents who support equity, diversity and parent involvement in public education. She says the idea for a national parents’ network emerged as local activists realized that issues they were dealing with often originate on a national level. Big-money donors such as The Broad Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation …

What Finland and Asia tell us about real education reform

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There has been much publicity in recent years about how for more than a decade, Finnish students have excelled in the international comparisons called the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), exams given each three years in reading, math, and science to samples of 15-year-olds globally. In the current issue of the New Republic, Samuel E. Abrams, a visiting scholar at Teachers College, explains what Finland did to turn around its education system, starting in the 1970’s: Finland’s schools weren’t …

Media advisory: Parents Across America education forum

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MEDIA ADVISORY New national organization, Parents Across America, launches with inaugural education forum in NYC featuring Diane Ravitch NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2011 ­­– Diane Ravitch, a national authority on education policy, will be the keynote speaker at the kick-off event for Parents Across America (PAA), a new national public education advocacy organization, on Monday Feb. 7 in NYC. Ravitch will address the topic: “Are our schools going in the right direction? What parents should do.” This public forum will …

Parent Voices and the Blueprint – new article in District Administrator

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A compelling new article in the monthly District Administrator details the concerns parents have about the Obama administration’s Blueprint for Reform, and quotes co-founder of Parents Across America, Julie Woestehoff: “Parents are the primary stakeholders in education,” says Julie Woestehoff, executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE ), which advocates for parents in Chicago Public Schools. “Parents are mostly concerned not with when the PTA meeting is, but what strategies are being used in the school to improve …