Comments on: Parents stand up for teachers under attack http://www.newstips.org/2012/02/parents-stand-up-for-teachers-under-attack/ Chicago Community Stories Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:18:42 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.13 By: In contract talks, teachers challenge CPS priorities - Newstips by Curtis Black http://www.newstips.org/2012/02/parents-stand-up-for-teachers-under-attack/comment-page-1/#comment-10147 Sun, 08 Jul 2012 21:24:47 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=5604#comment-10147 […] appear to be on the agenda of these groups.  As Erica Clark of Parents For Teachers pointed out here in February, they never talk about the issues that matter to parents – class size, curriculum, […]

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By: The anti-muckrakers - Newstips by Curtis Black http://www.newstips.org/2012/02/parents-stand-up-for-teachers-under-attack/comment-page-1/#comment-8562 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 19:47:50 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=5604#comment-8562 […] (Recently we noted that our own mayor granted an extended interview on the glories of charter schools to an anti-teacher outfit with troubling Breitbart connections.) […]

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By: Curtis http://www.newstips.org/2012/02/parents-stand-up-for-teachers-under-attack/comment-page-1/#comment-8343 Tue, 07 Feb 2012 20:21:41 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=5604#comment-8343 I think it’s an abuse of the term “astroturf” (and probably just pure political gamesmanship) to apply it to Parents Across America, which joins together numerous genuine grassroots parents groups from Washington to Florida. One of its founding groups is Chicago’s Parents United for Responsible Education, which has fought in the trenches since the earliest days of school reform – anyone in Chicago who knows PURE would laugh if you called them astroturf.

It’s a convenient way to dismiss their arguments. Why do they deserve an iota of credibility? For starters, see the poll numbers above, which indicate that parents in general broadly support their goals. After that, you might check the record of “school choice” in Chicago, where it has had no measurable impact on achievement over more than ten years. Finally, it seems to me the group’s research and reasoning is eminently credible, if you bother to engage it. Easier by far simply to cast aspersions.

Interestingly, the Heartland Institute, where the Mr. Behrend is director of “school choice” (and a fierce foe of teachers unions), has decided to stop listing its funders, since doing so “allowed people who disagree with us to accuse us of being ‘paid’ by specific donors to take positions.” This is a case of someone throwing stones who doesn’t live in a glass house.

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By: Bruno Behrend http://www.newstips.org/2012/02/parents-stand-up-for-teachers-under-attack/comment-page-1/#comment-8337 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 20:19:19 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=5604#comment-8337 Parents Across America is an astroturf union front group. Why do they deserve one iota of credibility on education issues?

Haimson [founder of PAA]said the organization has plans to travel to D.C. to lobby for changes to ESEA and is also focusing on building local chapters around the country. For financial support, it is relying on contributions from its membership and from the country’s largest teachers union, the National Education Association, which helped pay for the forum.

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