Proven Reforms: We support the expansion of sensible, research-based reforms, such as pre-K programs, full-day Kindergarten, small classes, parent involvement, strong, experienced teachers, a well-rounded curriculum and evaluation systems that go beyond test scores.
Sufficient and Equitable Funding: Resources do matter, especially when invested in programs that have been proven to work.
Diversity: We support creating diverse, inclusive schools and classrooms whenever possible.
Meaningful Parent Involvement: Parents must have a significant voice in policies at the school, district, state and national levels. We are not just “consumers” or “customers” but knowledgeable, necessary partners in any effective reform effort.
What Doesn’t Work:
Privatization: A strong public education system is fundamental to our democracy. We oppose efforts to privatize public education through the expansion of charters, vouchers or other privately-run programs at the expense of regular public schools.
High-Stakes Testing: Excessive reliance on standardized exams narrows the curriculum, promotes teaching to the test and leads to unfair and unreliable evaluations of students, teachers and schools.
School Closings: Closing schools wreaks havoc on families and communities, and too often fails to deliver on promises to create better opportunities for children. We believe in improving the schools we have, rather than shutting them down.
Ignoring Poverty: The nation’s educational “crisis” is made worse by the widening gap between rich and poor. Along with investing in our schools, we should also be investing in families.
If you agree, please join us, as we fight for children and better schools!
Parents Across America (PAA) is a non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization that connects parents and activists from across the U.S. to share ideas and work together to improve our nation’s public schools.
PAA is committed to bringing the voice of public school parents – and common sense – to local, state, and national education debates. Check out what we believe works – and what doesn’t work – in education. Our blueprint to reform the federal No Child Left Behind Act (now called he Elementary and Secondary Education Act or ESEA) is here.
Parents Across America was founded by a group of activist parents who recognized the need to collaborate for positive change, rather than remain isolated in local battles. Since the top-down forces that are imposing their will on our schools have become national in scope, we need to be as well. We pool our resources, share information, and coordinate activities wherever possible.
Up to now, the parent perspective has been almost entirely missing in the policy proposals put forward by the U.S. Department of Education and being imposed in many school districts across the nation. To this day, many of these practices, focused on increased privatization and high-stakes testing, are not based on solid research and are not supported by most parents. In contrast, we advocate for proven, progressive measures, such as reducing class size and increasing parent involvement.