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Press release: Parents to Rep. George Miller: For “National Parents Day,” listen to parents!

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Press release: For Immediate Release July 26, 2013 Parents to Rep. George Miller: To celebrate “National Parents Day,” please listen to parents! Parents Across America, a network of grassroots parents and parent groups across the U.S., has learned that Rep George Miller, ranking Democratic member of the House education committee, is holding a teleconference today to celebrate the July 28th National Parents Day. The teleconference is taking place today, July 26, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. EST Toll-free U.S. dial-in #:866-952-1907 …

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 …

Online Forum: The Parent Trigger from California to Florida

Posted on by Dora Taylor

     The Parent Trigger from California to Florida Sunday, May 26, 2013 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM Pacific Time     We will be hearing from Lori Yuan, a parent in Adelanto who fought the Parent Trigger at her school, and Parents Across America Founding Member Rita Solnet who, along with other organizations, defeated the Parent Trigger bill in the Florida State Senate on March 9, 2013.   To reserve your ticket, go to eventbrite. This is a …

Update on parent trigger

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

The parent trigger is a hot issue in many states now. It started in California, launched by the organization Parent Revolution, a fake-grassroots operation founded by charter-school mogul Steve Barr and funded by the likes of Gates, Walton et al. Here’s a summary of the current parent trigger landscape in California and a brief history of the previous parent triggers, put together from California sources who have followed the issue. Parent Revolution currently has two or three parent triggers going …

PAA AustinTX leader helps expose Parent Revolution fingerprints

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Lorie Barzano reports on an incident at the Texas House of Representatives: Ready for a good laugh folks? We don’t often get chances to laugh like this in our struggle…So yesterday I headed to the Capitol to testify against a “Trigger” bill in a House hearing. The bill is sponsored in the TX House by Representative Naomi Gonzalez. During my testimony, I made several good points about sham of trigger laws and the well-funded corporate-backed groups (like Parent Revolution) pushing …

Lorie Barzano’s testimony in Texas on parent trigger

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

April 30, 2013 TX House Public Education Committee Hearing Public Testimony of Lorie Barzano Good afternoon/Evening, Committee members, guests. My name is Lorie Barzano, a public school parent, taxpayer and Chair of the Coalition to Strengthen Austin Urban Schools (SAUS), a local affiliate of Parents Across America. We are a parent led group committed to quality, accessible Public Education for all children. As parents, we actively work to support our neighborhood schools and make a concerted effort to educate ourselves …

The deception continues on the parent trigger…

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

This blog was written last night by PAA founding member Rita Solnet. Today’s news was huge – Rita, PAA and other parents and parent groups in Florida have defeated the parent trigger there. More on that later, But meanwhile, some valuable insight from Rita:   Watching the Florida Senate debate the so-called Parent Empowerment bill, is like watching an episode of Truth or Dare. The bill’s sponsor, Senator Kelli Stargel (R)- Lakeland,  clumsily danced around answers to pertinent questions, like, …

PAA leader helps expose Parent Revolution carpetbagging

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Rita Solnet, PAA founding member and leader of PAA Florida affiliate Testing is not Teaching, reports that she and others have helped expose Parent Revolution’s carpetbagging. PR (an apt acronym) is a California group funded by Gates, Walton and the usual gang to promote charter schools and the parent trigger. No Florida parent group has come out in favor of the parent trigger, but Parent Revolution’s astroturfers  have staged a full-court press in the state legislature, where the bill passed …

Weekly Leg Fax: Parents oppose the parent trigger

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Parent Voices Weekly Education Fax April 24, 2013 Parents oppose “parent trigger” laws The story: Support for parent trigger laws isn’t parent-based or local. The Florida legislature is currently debating a controversial “parent trigger” law which could hand public schools over to a private management company if 51% of a school’s parents sign a petition requesting that change. Parent trigger laws are being pushed across the nation by astroturf groups like Parent Revolution and Students First, and wealthy foundations such …

No Amendment Can Fix Parent Trigger

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

By Rita Solnet Magicians call it misdirection. Salesmen call it diversion. Senators call it Amendments. Some Florida legislators are well versed in the David Copperfield method of passing hotly contested bills. Using sleight of hand, they slap on an amendment and then create the illusion that – abracadabra – all concerns are resolved, all opposition is appeased. Florida’s controversial Senate Bill 862, the Parent Empowerment bill, would create a parent trigger law enabling parents to collect signatures from 51% of …