"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams

"No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution." -- Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 6.

"...no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish enlarge, or affect their civil capacities." – Thomas Jefferson

Monday, September 3, 2012

Don't Back Down!!

Parents Across America has published a 'toolkit' for combatting the negative (and false) information which will be forthcoming when the movie Won't Back Down is released.
Parents Across America is a network of active parents doing the hard work of change in our public schools. We know that our schools need help. Knowing what to do is the problem. Knowing what works in improving schools is even more important.

We know that most parents don’t want to close their schools or turn them into charters. They want to improve their local neighborhood public schools by stopping budget cuts, reducing class size, de-emphasizing high stakes testing, offering a well-rounded education and strengthening parent participation.

PAA has put together a Parent Toolkit to give you some background information on the fictional “Won’t Back Down”* movie and some suggestions on how to get organized and help your children and their schools succeed.
Go to the site at PAA’s Parent Online Toolkit for the WBD* movie and beyond for complete information...some highlights...
1- Learn the facts about the “Won’t Back Down” movie

2- Demand a stronger voice in school decision making
The Empowerment Parents Want: A Real, Effective Voice in our Children's Education

3 – Join with other parents!

4- Know what works –and what doesn’t work – in improving schools!
We don't have the money and visibility that the billionaires who financed and produced Won't Back Down have. We need to do everything we can to counteract the widespread misinformation this movie will produce. Parents Across America is a great source...

Stop the Testing Insanity!


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