PAA co-founder Karran Harper Royal back in New Zealand
Karran, who founded PAA-New Orleans, was invited back to New Zealand to share her experiences with charter schools in New Orleans with the education and
science committee of the New Zealand Parliament. She then headed to Australia for more speaking engagements,
According to this news report
in the New Zealand Herald, Karran told the committee, "I am a proud American, but not all that comes out of America is good.
Charter schools have been a failed experiment in New Orleans."
We told you about Karran 's first trip to New Zealand here
. Many New Zealanders were concerned that the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake would play out like Hurricane Katrina in terms of charter school expansion.
|Karran Harper Royal speaks to a committee of the New Zealand Parliament|
PAA-Seattle greets Michelle Rhee
PAA co-founder Dora Taylor was interviewed
by local Seattle public radio station KUOW about Michelle Rhee, who came to town to promote her book and was met by a group of PAA-Seattle members and other protesters.
Dora reports, "We gave Rhee a warm Northwest welcome with signs and literature for those waiting in line" for the book signing.
Dora will be a panelist at a February 28th "Scrap the Map" forum
co-sponsored by PAA-Seattle, which will also feature Diane Ravitch, education professor Wayne Au, and Garfield teacher Jesse Hagopian, a leader of the Scrap the Map movement.
Jesse will also be the special guest speaker at a testing forum in Chicago on March 19, along with Chicago Teachers' Union president Karen Lewis. The forum is co-sponsored by More than a Score,
a new coalition convened by PAA co-founder Julie Woestehoff and PAA affiliate Parents United for Responsible Education. Details here
. PAA's 4-State Regional Action Planning Meeting
Diane Ravitch mentioned PAA's upcoming 4-state regional action planning meeting in her blog
, and our press release was published in the Fort Wayne, IN, Journal Gazette.
We'll report back next week on the meeting.