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AM News: Parent Trigger Rebounds In CA & NY

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Parents Rebel Against California School WSJ:  The unions note that, in California at least, the effort has been coordinated by Parent Revolution, a nonprofit funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation. ALSO:  Parent Trigger's Second Try LA Weekly

New advocacy group with city roots enters state’s reform fray GothamSchools: The new nationally-backed group, New York Campaign for Achievement Now, or NYCAN, plans to push for a law that would enable parents to vote on ways to improve their struggling district schools.

Md. ranked no. 1 in schools again Baltimore Sun: For the fourth year in a row Education Week gives state its top grade.

New reward for smart use of longer school day Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools, which has handed out more than $7 million in incentives to teachers and schools willing to lengthen their school days this year, will distribute another $3 million in grants to schools showing ingenuity in how they use the extra 90 minutes.

New York City Plans to Close a Charter School for Mediocrity NYT: For the first time, New York City is closing a charter school for the offense of simply being mediocre, and the action could have widespread implications.

Tucson students confront loss of their Chicano studies class LA Times: A day after the Tucson Unified School District board votes to suspend Mexican American studies classes to avoid losing state aid, students are angry, sad and confused, a teacher says.

Some moving out of troubled Chester Upland district Inquirer: With Delaware County's beleaguered Chester Upland School District nearing insolvency, some parents are moving out of the city or placing their children in other schools.

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Churches Change Tactics to Fight Ouster From N.Y.C. Schools NYT: Churches have already lost a court fight to continue to hold worship services in New York City public schools, but with a February deadline looming, they have not given up hope.

Charters challenge fairness of $21 million to DCPS Washington Post: DCPS got an early Christmas present last month when District Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi revised his revenue forecast to include an additional $42.2 million. Mayor Vincent C. Gray quickly announced that he will ask the D.C. Council to appropriate half of it to the city’s 123-school system to cover “spending pressures”--the polite term for cost overruns--in the current fiscal year.

School 'Scream Rooms' Outrage Parents HuffPost: Parents in Middletown, Conn., are protesting the use of what they're calling "scream rooms" by Farm Hill Elementary School as a way of disciplining misbehaving students.

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The gullible press hypes Parent Revolution yet again. Is it really feasible for parents to take over and run a school? Can they really fire all the teachers? What happens then? How does that work? Do these naive, trusting reporters even think to ask those questions?

Both articles give an inaccurate account of Parent Revolution's past record, which is a failure rate of 100% in its grandstanding efforts to turn schools over to charters. Parent Revolution has zero successes and zero experience improving schools, transforming schools or even working in schools. Parent Revolution failed at McKinley Elementary in Compton (despite reams of press hype) and failed at Mount Gleason Middle School in Sunland-Tujunga (more under the radar, since the lack of success was evident early on, so the PR machine was kept on "low").

What Parent Revolution does have an astounding success rate in is flimflamming the ever-susceptible press. Really, this operation should drop the pretense that it has any interest in education and go into PR, at which is is masterful.

Hmm, parents shouldn't control schools. Teachers are professionals. Most anyway.

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