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They have been around for a while now, but many parents don't realize what harm the group Stand for Children has been doing across the US. Read more below....

PAA ACTION OF THE WEEK

Spread the truth about Stand for Children

We haven't talked about Stand for Children (SFC) for a while (except for last year's spooky tale from Indiana), but they are still out there, collecting millions from Bill Gates, WalMart, etc., and pushing the corporate education agenda in state legislatures while pretending to be some sort of civil rights group.

A true wolf in sheep's clothing, SFC dishonestly uses the rhetoric of education equity to undermine democratic public schools, teachers unions and true parental voice.

What does Stand really stand for?
  • Closing neighborhood schools
  • Expanding charter schools
  • Evaluating teachers using unreliable standardized test scores
  • Replacing teachers with online "personalized learning"
Recently, SFC pushed through Measure 98 in its home state of Oregon. The measure sets aside $150 million per year from the state public school budget to pay for new ed tech and vocational education programs even as the state school budget struggles to cover basic costs.  

Here's what Deb Mayer, PAA Board member and co-founder of PAA affiliate Oregon Save Our Schools, said in recent testimony:

Stand for Children receives millions in "dark money." Shouldn't we know who is funding the corporation that has carved out a huge chunk of all new education dollars to control? M 98 isn't really about career tech. It's about edtech which is sometimes called personalized learning. It's about plopping kids down in front of a screen and delivering curricula via computer. Edtech is being hailed as an innovation when it really is decades old. It didn't work in the fifties, and today's version puts our children at risk. Edtech proposes a paradigm shift in both education and employment. Oregon has signed on to edtech projects without the knowledge or consent of parents.

PAA has updated the SFC fact sheet we shared in a series of blog posts in 2013 which included articles by two former Oregon SFC members exposing the way the original group was taken over and redirected ( here and here).

You can find the new updated 1-page Stand for Children handout here.

Please share it with your family, neighbors, and, most importantly, with your elected representatives who too often think SFC speaks for us. To that we say, "Baaa!"

And please tell us what SFC is doing in your area (they focus on Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington). We'd like to do more to help support our chapters and affiliates in those states to expose SFC's dishonest agenda.  


PAA TWEET OF THE WEEK

Parents beware of Stand for Children's hidden corporate school agenda #SFCwolfinsheepsclothing http://tinyurl.com/y6v66plx

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Our biggest project is a national parent survey,  "Real Parent Voices - Real Parent Choice."

We are preparing this brief survey to hear directly from parents about what really matters to you in public education. We will share this information with our elected officials and other policy makers, and we will continue to work to make parents real voices heard in decision making that affects our children's education.

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