Hurray! PAA formation named one of top 10 "hopeful, tangible signs of growing resistance to the corporate reform agenda" by the progressive education journal Rethinking Schools. Here's what they wrote:
Parents Across America has linked experienced parent activists in Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans, New York, Florida, and elsewhere into a growing parent voice for better education policies and programs. The landscape is different in every city, but there is no more crucial work than mobilizing parents and building an alliance with teachers to defend and improve public education. Even a small group of activist parents can have a big influence on local reform debates if they join with educators, community leaders, and others. If you haven't connected to PAA already, do it (www.parentsacrossamerica.org).
You can read the full, excellent article by Stan Karp here.
Virtual bake sale for PAA D.C. trip!
Several PAA members have been invited to Washington D.C. for an April 20th parent forum hosted by the US Department of Education. We want to make our voices (and yours!) heard by people who rarely give us the opportunity. Since PAA's budget is minuscule, we could use your help to support travel expenses for some participants. We need to raise about $3,000, fast!
You can use our Donate button here - please indicate that this is a donation for PAA.
Occupy the DOE
New PAA member Dov Rosenberg spoke at Occupy the Department of Education last weekend, sharing the mike with Chicago's Mike Klonsky. Thanks for representing us, Dov!
PAA in the media
Blogger Jeff Bryant, who writes for the progressive Campaign for America's Future, linked to our testing fact sheet in his March 29 post
on the growing opposition to more student testing.