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Blended learning promoters want to make sure no one looks too closely at what they're doing - and the video link below shows the COO of the International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) publicly attacking a concerned parent for challenging the use of one of their programs.

Please share this video widely!

Share this amazing video exposing
ugly side of blended learning campaign


Heather Hicks, leader of our newest PAA chapter, PAA-Ocean County NJ, has just posted a devastating video showing how the chief operating officer of iNACOL (the International Association of K-12 Online Learning) gave a workshop at a Pearson conference focusing on her as the prime example of how parents must be managed so that they don't get in the way of the blended learning steamroller.

Bruce Friend, the presenter and COO of iNACOL, talks about the company's "anger" over Heather's testimony, suggests that she is simply ignorant about technology (though she knows enough to create this excellent video...) and shows screenshots of Heather's son's school work, among other unpleasant and inappropriate moments.  

Please share Heather's story  widely! Parents need to know what these online education hucksters really think of us....


See you soon at NPE!
We're getting excited about meeting up with other PAAers at the Network for Public Education conference in Raleigh which starts in a week.

Be sure to look for PAA's main workshop presentation on Saturday morning April 16 at 11:35: "Parent Voices on the Impact of Race and Poverty on Educational Opportunity: a Call to Action."

We'll have members on other panels throughout the conference as well. A full list is here.   

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! 
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