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Position paper: Why PAA opposes mass school closings

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

What are mass school closings? Mass school closings occur when school districts decide to close large numbers of public schools in a community within a single year, citing a variety of reasons like “underutilization” or academic failure. These closures go far beyond the periodic need to close schools because of drops in a district’s school-age population. Rather, they result from policies pushed by the corporate education reform movement and its privatization agenda, and embraced by the U.S. Department of Education. …

Parents Across America on HR2218, the “Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools Act”

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Why Public School Parents Oppose H.R. 2218 and Our Recommendations for Improving the Charter School Bill A Parents Across America Position Paper on the “Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools Act” July 5, 2011 Parents Across America (PAA), a grassroots organization representing public school parents from across the United States, opposes the current version of H.R. 2218, the Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools Act, which was recently reported from the House Education and Workforce Committee. PAA is committed to …

“Won’t Back Down” and “Will Stand Up”

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

By Lorie Barzano Chair of Coalition SAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools), a parent led group representing inner-city public schools working to ensure accessible, quality Public Education for all children and healthy, thriving Public Schools in Austin’s urban core. I saw “Won’t Back Down” last week with two other parents from Coalition SAUS.  A free, pre-screening hosted by the Charter School Association, we sat in the dark theatre surrounded by a hundred charter school teachers and a smattering of charter school …