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Can’t be in DC with PAA? Join us anyway!

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

We know that most of our PAA chapter and affiliate members are not able to get to Washington DC this coming week for our annual leadership conference, so we’re going to try to create some opportunities for you to participate in some of our activities virtually and long-distance. Let’s start with our Capitol Hill Day on Monday, July 28. A number of PAA leaders will be visiting Congress that day, highlighting three priority issues: Reducing high-stakes testing, Strengthening student privacy …

Letter to U.S. Senators: oppose more money, less accountability for charter schools

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

This week the U.S. House is likely to pass HR 10, what we call the charter expansion bill. Then it is on track to move to the Senate. So, now’s the time to contact your Senators and tell them that parents’ CHOICE is more resources for local schools, not more money for charter schools. It wouldn’t hurt to contact your Congressman, too – they haven’t voted yet! Here’s what PAA faxed to every U.S. Senator today (and you can send …

PAA en Espanol: La Voz de los Padres

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

(En Inglés) La  Voz de los Padres Facsímil sobre la Educación 10 de abril de  2014 Padres se OPONEN al Proyecto de Ley de la Cámara de Representantes  HR 10, Éxito y Oportunidades Mediante las Escuelas Charter,”  ( Success and Opportunity Through Charter Schools”). La posición de PAA: La organización nacional de padres, Parents Across America ( PAA), se opone a cualquier intento de privatizar la educación pública mediante la expansión de las escuelas charter, los vales, o cualquier otro …

Parents oppose HR10’s increased funding for charter schools

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Congress does not seem to be able to agree on the proper role of the federal government in public education. They have not been able to agree on how to revise the No Child Left Behind Act, which expired in 2007. NCLB is now referred to as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), an act in search of substance. PAA has shared our suggestions for an improved ESEA, as have many other progressive groups and individuals that support our …

Gulen 101 with Sharon Higgins

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

From Tim Furman, who made this video for sponsor Rogers Park Neighbors for Public Schools in Chicago, this is the recording of the recent webinar, Gulen 101: Session One, with Sharon Higgins. Please share widely. It was a good first session, both for people new to the topic and for those already knowledgeable. We’re having session two in March. You’ll have to adjust the sound from time to time; my editing time is limited and we were using multiple sound …

Congressional New Year’s resolution: Listen to parents!

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

This week’s federal education buzz included House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s threat to launch a Congressional investigation of the education polices of the new Mayor of New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio ran and won on a platform of promoting neighborhood public schools, ending co-location of charter schools in neighborhood schools, and charging rent to charter schools. Rep. Cantor was quoted as saying, “This move could devastate the growth of education opportunity in such a competitive real estate market like …

“Expose the Gulen Movement” report

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Reprinted from Sharon Higgin’s Perimeter Primate blog On Saturday, August 31st, I was one of the speakers at the “Expose the Gulen Movement” protest rally held on a farm in the rural, rolling hills around Saylorsburg, PA. We assembled less than two miles from the compound where Fethullah Gulen lives. Gulen is considered to be one of the two most powerful men in Turkey. Those who attended the protest have a common interest in shedding light on the Gulen Movement’s …

Charter school debate with PAA affiliate HispanEduca’s Lourdes Perez!

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

New affiliate member Lourdes Perez, leader of PAA Florida-based affiliate HispanEduca, shared the transcript of an Education Week webinar she recently participated in on the topic of facilities funding for charter schools. The discussion was apparently supposed to center on ways charter schools can access more capital funding (it was subtitled: “The Pursuit for Equity”…) but as you read the transcript, you will see that the participants, lead by our own Lourdes, took the discussion in a far more critical …

Congress: Listen to parents!

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Please share this fax with your Congressional representatives and senators (downloadable pdf) Listen to Parents! Parent Voices Weekly Education Fax July 25, 2013  Survey: Parents oppose testing, school closings and “choice” American Federation of Teachers survey shows most parents want less testing, charter schools and school closings and more support for neighborhood public schools. From the AFT press release: Most parents with children in public schools do not support recent changes in education policy, from closing low-performing schools to shifting …

Principal removal and REAL parent empowerment

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Last week, a Parent Revolution-backed petition drive collected enough signatures to force out the well-respected principal of Weigand Avenue Elementary School in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. According to the article, 21 out of 22 teachers at the school have asked for transfers in protest. That’s parent empowerment? We’re skeptical, in part because of the many deceptive tactics used by the well-funded Parent Revolution astroturfers – most recently exposed here for paying their so-called parent activists to promote the …