Get inspired by Helen Gym…PAA Week Day 3Read PAA’s 2017 survey report: “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”Follow-up resource list for parent survey participantsArchive 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!
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!

Diane Ravitch will be on the Daily Show on Thursday; come join us!

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Diane Ravitch, the country’s foremost defender of evidence-based rather than faith-based education reform, will be a guest on the Daily Show starring Jon Stewart, this Thursday. This is a great breakthrough and reverses a long media black-out of opposing points of view on education issues. Please join Diane, other parent activists and me for a viewing party starting at 9:30 PM at the Benjamin Hotel to celebrate and watch the show together, in a fundraiser for Parents Across America, a …

Our new affiliate: Parents Across America -Spokane WA

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Spokane owes a great deal of thanks to Parents Across America and all the people who have worked so hard to save our public schools. It has been difficult to see the attacks on public education in this country, but it has also been inspiring to watch committed parent activists fight the good battle against corporate school reformers. We can’t wait to see this “Sleeping Giant” take off and we hope the Spokane chapter can be a part of that! …

Arne Duncan and Bill Gates: Dumb and Dumber

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On Saturday,  Arne Duncan warned governors about ‘dumb’ education cuts and then suggested even dumber cuts, like increasing class size: “Duncan also said that states should think selectively about increasing class sizes. The father of two grade-school-age children said he’d rather his kids be in a bigger class with a better teacher than a smaller class with a lousy one. He suggested teachers could get paid extra for getting a bigger class…” Now can anyone explain how that would help …

Teacher Heartened by PAA

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By Kay McSpadden Charlotte Observer February 26, 2o11 Being a teacher these days feels like being a voice crying in the wilderness – or perhaps just a voice crying. Since I began teaching in 1977, I can’t recall another time when public school teachers were so demoralized. . . Read more here.

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.