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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 …

Press release: Parents ask for significant changes to House ESEA bill

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

***For Immediate Release*** July 17, 2013 Contacts Dora Taylor, (Seattle) President, PAA -206-841-9613 Pamela Grundy (Charlotte) -704-806-0410 Julie Woestehoff (Chicago) – 773-715-3989   It’s time for lawmakers to listen to parents! National parent group reaches out to Congress on ESEA, demanding less testing and privatization and more proven, effective reforms   As the U.S. House of Representatives moves to considers H. R. 5, the Student Success Act, this week, representatives of Parents Across America (PAA), a national network of public …

Charts for PAA positions on House (Repub) and Senate (Dem) ESEA bills

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

With the House poised to act this week on H.R. 5, the Republican version of ESEA reauthorization, PAA has prepared two charts detailing where we support and where we oppose the proposals of the House and Senate education committees. Please share them with your Congressional representatives. PAA’s annual meeting takes place this Wednesday through Friday in D.C., so several PAA leaders will be on Capitol Hill distributing our charts. They could use your support from the field! PAA chart on …

Time for a strong message on ESEA

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

There are a lot of petitions and sign-ons these days. Do they do any good? This one, called the Declaration to Rebuild America, gets at most of PAA’s priority issues and includes a good mix of people and organizations as early endorsers. It may be an indication that the message of true education progressives is becoming clearer and more unified. The full Declaration is too long to reproduce here, but its main aspects are very similar to PAA’s statement of …

Welcome new Congress!

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Today is the opening day of the new Congress. A couple of weeks ago, PAA sent a letter to three new Democratic members of the Senate education committee. Today we sent a similar letter to three new Republican members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Susan Brooks (R-IN), Luke Messer (R-IN) and Richard Hudson (R-NC) as well as the new chair of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, Todd Rokita (R-IN). We will reach out …

A PAA Welcome to new Senate HELP committee members

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

We just e-mailed this letter to Senators-elect Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)  and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who will be new members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. We will send similar letters to other new members as well as any new members of the House Education and the Workforce committee, as we learn of their appointments. December 20, 2012 Dear Senator-elect: Congratulations on your election! There are so many challenges ahead and we wish you the …

Action of the week for 12-20-12: Welcome your new Senators and Congressmen

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Send a welcome letter to your new Senators and Congressmen! You can use this letter which we just e-mailed to Senators-elect Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)  and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) who will be new members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. We will send similar letters to other new members as well as any new members of the House Education and the Workforce committee, as we learn of their appointments. December 20, 2012 Dear Senator-elect: Congratulations …

PAA letter to House Education committee on ESEA

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

The House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on new House proposals to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Some day we hope that the committee will include real parent voices in their hearings. Until then, we need to keep the letters coming, Here’s what we faxed to the committee members today (feel free to copy, sign, and send to your own congresspeople). We are working on a more detailed position statement on the …

ESEA begins another year's journey

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Experts are predicting (also here) that the No Child Left Behind Act will not be revised in 2012. Meanwhile, Republican House education committee leaders are planning to change strategy and write a more comprehensive ESEA bill, dropping their efforts to come to agreement with Democrats on a set of issue-specific pieces and preparing a larger bill like the one passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee last October. The House committee has already passed individual bills …

PAA letter to Senate HELP Committee: ESEA needs parent input!

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Today, Parents Across America sent a letter to the members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee after noting that panelists testifying this morning at a committee hearing on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education law included no parent representatives. PAA has reached out to the HELP committee repeatedly with our concern that parent voices are being left out of this critical discussion of the federal laws which will impact our children’s education for years to come. …