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

The Weekly Update: What can I say…Seattle teachers rock!!!!

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As you might know by now, teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle held a press conference on Friday and announced that they were not going to give the Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) test to their students for a number of reasons. For the details, see the letter that was issued by the teachers of Garfield High School. Within hours, teachers at Ballard High School followed suit. The Garfield High School PTSA issued the following statement today in support …

PAA Mass affiliate writes letter of support for Seattle teachers

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CPS supports Seattle’s Garfield High Teachers: Test Boycott is Courageous Stand for Students, Against Test Abuse Citizens for Public Schools Issues Statement Supporting Seattle’s Garfield High Teachers: “Test Boycott is Courageous Stand for Students, Against Test Abuse” We, the members of Citizens for Public Schools, stand with the teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle for their courageous move to boycott district-mandated Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests. We respect the Garfield teachers for saying no to the escalating use …

PAA’s Wendy Lecker finds a superintendent to speak out

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We have a winner! In my last column, I made a simple plea for one Connecticut superintendent to speak out about the dangers of Connecticut’s over-emphasis on high-stakes standardized testing. Diane Ravitch, the nationally noted author, education historian and former Assistant Secretary of Education, posted my column on her blog and one courageous superintendent stood up — Thomas Scarice, of Madison. The story of how Superintendent Scarice and his community crafted the district’s recommendations for its teacher evaluation plan is …

“New market tax credits” and charter schools

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Following up on our “Master Class” story about hedge funders and the “education sector”: Two years ago, New York Daily News reporter Juan Gonzalez exposed a little known federal tax break, new market tax credits, in which wealthy investors and major banks have been making windfall profits, nearly doubling their investment in seven years. Numerous charter companies as well as banks have participated in this lucrative deal including Imagine Schools, Green Dot, Brighter Choice, KIPP and Andre Agassi schools. See also …

Show us the money: “Master Class” for private equity investors in public education

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Even when people recognize how hard corporations are working to take over public education, they still wonder – is there really that much money to be made in education? Maybe the hedge funders are really doing all this just to help children. It’s a natural question given the fact that teachers are modestly paid and schools are mostly underfunded, hardly one’s idea of a lucrative investment opportunity. Well, the private equity investor drool is on full display in this “Master …

K-12 Aid Faces Uncertain Future, Despite ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal

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As first appeared in Education Week, Politics K-12 Blog, January 1, 2013. Reprinted with permission from Editorial Projects in Education. By Alyson Klein on January 1, 2013 3:02 PM UPDATED Education programs will be spared the prospect of the largest across-the-board cuts in history, but only temporarily, under a bill to avert much of the so-called “fiscal cliff,” overwhelmingly approved by Congress on Tuesday. The measure, which passed the U.S. Senate 89-8 early Tuesday morning and the U.S. House 257-167 …

Join the Journey for Justice!

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Please Join Us as We Work to Send Parents and Students To Testify! Attend the Save Our Schools Webinar and Fundraiser -  Journey For Justice 2 Education Organizers  Jitu Brown, Karran Harper Royal, and Zakiyah Ansari On the birthdate of the honorable Civil Rights Leader, Doctor Martin Luther King Tuesday, January 15, 2013 8:30 PM Eastern Time [ET] REGISTER HERE The time is now!  If we are to stop school closings nationwide, we must acknowledge that our demands too often …

Incentivizing philanthropy: Walgreen’s gets no bid contract after school gift card giveaway

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  It was only a couple of months ago that Walgreen’s CEO Greg Wasson stood with Mayor Rahm at our old neighborhood school, Field Elementary, to announce the giveaway of $25 Walgreen’s gift cards to parents for picking up their children’s report cards. “This is a way, in my view, of incentivizing responsible parenting,” the Mayor said that day. At the time, I sent this letter to Mayor Emanuel and CEO Wasson, suggesting that there are far better ways to …

The Weekly Update: Charter schools: Public or private? Brian Jones in Portland, teachers rally in Illinois and a petition to Obama: Stop privatizing our schools!

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The Weekly Update: For the news and views you might have missed First up, more Facebook pages are popping up on the subject of education: Our Village Our Schools Public Education Crusaders Long Island Chapter Save Our Schools March 350 This one is related to the climate crisis and I post it on this blog because it does affect our children. Next up, a petition to be sent to President Obama. Maybe one of these days he’ll start to listen …

Michigan Parents for Schools – story from new PAA affiliate

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Michigan public school supporters have just come out of a bruising lame duck session of the state legislature that promises even greater battles to come next year. I think our experience may be helpful to other states because of the common ideological framework behind all these attacks on public education. You may have heard about some of the damaging, and in come cases bizarre, bills that became law in the last days of the session. Among those which impact education:  …