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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 …

Stand for Children says Chicago LSCs make parent trigger unnecessary

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

I was proud to share the Local School Council model with my co-founders at Parents Across America, and delighted when PAA adopted it as our alternative to the “parent trigger” school privatization mechanism. Unlike charter or private turnaround companies, LSCs have a significant track record of improving schools over time without any extra resources beyond the collaborative efforts of parents, teachers, administrators and community members. Now, to my astonishment, organizers for such pro-privatization groups like Stand for Children and New …

Chicago’s LSC election: largest, most diverse

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“Largest municipal election yields largest number of public officials of color in the US.” Thanks to Don Moore of Designs for Change for this press release: 6,500 Candidates Set To Run for Chicago’s Local School Councils This Week, After 28 Organizations Won a Two-Week Candidate Recruitment Extension Chicago School System’s Central Administration Repeatedly Obstructs Recruitment Efforts CHICAGO, IL (APRIL 15, 2012).  About 6,500 candidates signed up to run in Chicago’s Local School Councils election this week, primarily as a result …

Chicago's LSC election: largest, most diverse

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“Largest municipal election yields largest number of public officials of color in the US.” Thanks to Don Moore of Designs for Change for this press release: 6,500 Candidates Set To Run for Chicago’s Local School Councils This Week, After 28 Organizations Won a Two-Week Candidate Recruitment Extension Chicago School System’s Central Administration Repeatedly Obstructs Recruitment Efforts CHICAGO, IL (APRIL 15, 2012).  About 6,500 candidates signed up to run in Chicago’s Local School Councils election this week, primarily as a result …

New research supports PAA LSC model

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Last week PAA celebrated alongside Florida parents with the defeat of so-called “parent trigger” legislation, which would have allowed parents in “low-performing” schools to vote to close it, fire all the staff, or turn it into a charter school. But that doesn’t mean that we are completely satisfied with our schools and see no need for improvement. In fact, we are very concerned about our schools. We’re especially upset about who is running many of the school systems right now …