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May 20, 2014

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Leonie Haimson
Save the date for the PAA annual meeting
and help us honor PAA founder Leonie Haimson!

PAA's annual meeting will take place in Washington, DC, from July 28-30. We'll begin on the evening of July 28 with a special event honoring our co-founder, Leonie Haimson, for her amazing education advocacy work over the years, and especially for taking down inBloom nearly singlehandedly this year.

The event honoring Leonie will be open to the public. PAA's annual meeting is designed for members and anyone seriously considering joining PAA as a chapter or affiliate leader. We have some fantastic sessions planned which will focus on strengthening our chapters and the diversity of our organization. 

Logistical details are still in the works. We will be able to offer limited need-based scholarships for travel.

Our annual meeting will dovetail with the BATs march on DC, which PAA has endorsed, so we hope that many of out BATs and BAMs friends will be able to stay on to help us honor Leonie and build up PAA.

So, save the dates! Hope to see you in DC!
PAA and PAAers in the News

Campaigning for teachers and against
Read to Achieve at the first Moral Monday
of the 2014 session of the North Carolina General Assembly.
PAA North Carolina leader  
sparks national debate 
on student retention

An article co-authored by PAA board member Pamela Grundy has sparked a national discussion over state policies that retain third graders who do not pass state reading tests. "Politics-driven Read to Achieve a path to failure," published in the Raleigh News & Observer, criticized North Carolina's recently enacted third-grade retention program. The article drew a lengthy response from the policy head of Jeb Bush's Foundation for Educational Excellence, one of the major national promoters of the highly problematic policy. That in its turn sparked a Huffington Post response by Peter Greene of the Curmudgucation blog.

At the urging of the Foundation for Educational Excellence and its allies at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) a number of states have enacted test-based third grade retention, and a number of others are considering it. Find out where your state leaders stand, and join the debate!

PAA on the radio

You can listen in on the May 15 radio town hall meeting on inBloom with PAA co-founder Leonie Haimson, executive director of NYC's Class Size Matters, and BATs founder Mark Naison here

And here's the podcast of PAA co-founder Julie Woestehoff, leader of PAA Chicago affiliate Parents United for Responsible Education, discussing selective enrollment high schools, testing and other topics on "Back on the Beat with Dick Kay," May 3 on WCPT Progressive Talk.  

Join us!

If you share
our overall goals of progressive, positive education reform and more parent input in education policy making, we invite you to affiliate with us if you are an existing group, or to form a new PAA chapter. The more of us there are, the stronger our voice will be at every level. Here's how!
PAA Chapter and Affiliate News

Welcome new Texas affiliate!

We are so happy to welcome Jennifer Collins and the new NorthEast Texas chapter of PAA. NETX-PAA is sponsoring a showing of the Standardized Movie on May 31. Jennifer has opted her children out of Texas state tests.

Welcome, Jennifer and NETX-PAA!

More action in Seattle


PAA is endorsing the June 26th Rally to Save Education that is being organized in Seattle by WA-BATs. PAA President Dora Taylor, co-founder of PAA-Seattle, will be there to support the event.  


WA-BATs leader Julianna Dauble explains the reason for the event, which will include a march from a local park to the Gates Foundation headquarters: "To broaden awareness of the attack on public schools; Gates is a symbolic site as his funding of Common Core State Standards and increased testing along with many other abhorrent 'reforms' has done untold damage to schools."    


More information on the Testing Resistance and Reform Spring site



On the Brown v Board of Education 60th anniversary   


From PAA-Suburban Philadelphia leader Danielle Schwartz's excellent blog, "What's the Big Idea?" : 


Thinking about re-segregation 60 years after Brown v. Bd. of Ed., I wrote a 2-part posting. Post one focuses on the racist origins of the "school choice" movement and how the charter movement has been building walls separating the
very people who need to be sitting side-by-side.

Post two examines President Obama's Proclamation on the Anniversary of
Brown v. Board of Ed., and takes a line from it as a call to action for public school supporters: "...but even i n the face of impossible odds, those who love their country can change it." It is time to be daring.

And really, is it all that daring to demand that we do right by our kids?  

PAA Blog Highlights

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