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PAA's Poverty, Race and Education book club continues this Sunday, April 2, at 8 pm ET, with a discussion of "White Like Me," by Tim Wise.

Details for joining the discussion, and a bit about our book club program, are below.     

Join PAA's anti-racism book club

PAA's anti-racism book club is a part of our project on the Impact of Poverty and Race on Educational Opportunity. This work has included creating fact sheets illustrating the impact of poverty and race and hosting other book club sessions, including our last session in November with Seattle educator Jesse Hagopian.

Our next session, which was rescheduled from last week, will take place this Sunday, April 2, at 8 pm ET, 5 pm PT. We'll take a close look at some of the work of Tim Wise, a prolific writer and speaker on racism.

: Sunday, April 2 (this Sunday!) at 8 pm ET, 5 pm PT

      How to join: For audio alone, call in to 515-604-9727, then enter access code 728537
                          For video feed, log on to and click on "Join a Meeting."
                               Enter the online ID: parentsacrossamericawebinars (note that it's plural...) 

You don't need to download a program to join online.

If you need a toll-free number to join by phone, please let us know - email us at 

You can purchase Tim Wise's book, "White Like Me," almost anywhere, and/or you can read some of his essays
here , or watch or listen to video or audio clips here. 

We will also be talking about positive steps to take to address the inequities in our nation and in our educational system.

We believe that it's even more important now to continue this series, which provides a safe place to discuss issues of poverty, race and education with a goal of finding real solutions for our children.

PAA tweet of the week: follow us @parentsacrossam and retweet it!

The sponsor of HR610, the House voucher bill, is the same Rep. Steve King who just tweeted that "we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies." Here's a tweet for Rep. King:

Parents of ALL our babies say throw @SteveKingIA, his supremacist views and his HR610 voucher giveaway proposal out with the bathwater.      

PAA-Puget Sound sponsors
eye-opening EdTech presentation

Alison McDowell, editor of  Wrench in the Gears, gave a presentation titled  Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education  on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Lake City Library in Seattle.

It's well worth your time to watch the video >>>>
or look at the detailed, extremely informative slide presentation here .

Alison has been working with PAA's EdTech committee, which has been focusing recently on the push for Social-Emotional Learning.

Parents need to be wary of this new effort to collect private student data; this slide from Alison's Seattle presentation suggests why we're concerned....

PAA Michigan affiliate joins state anti-voucher lawsuit

PAA affiliate Michigan Parents for Schools joined public education leaders and parent groups from across Michigan last week to file a lawsuit to prevent the state and Gov. Rick Snyder from funding private schools with public money. The lawsuit stems from a $2.5 million line item in the state budget that reimburses private institutions for state mandates.

According to MIPFS executive director Steven Norton, who is also a PAA Board member, "Michigan's Constitution clearly states the use of public funds for private institutions is prohibited:

No public monies or property shall be appropriated or paid or any public credit utilized, by the legislature or any other political subdivision or agency of the state directly or indirectly to aid or maintain any private, denominational or other nonpublic, pre-elementary, elementary, or secondary school....
The groups will also file a preliminary injunction to immediately halt and prevent the use of public dollars being spent on private schools until the lawsuit is resolved.

Other plaintiffs include the Michigan Association of School Boards and the ACLU. of Michigan.

The story was covered in the Detroit Free Press, mLive, and other media outlets.

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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