Save Our Schools March Responds to the White House, DOE

From our e-mail exchange with a DOE staffer:

“We sincerely appreciate the interest of the White House in the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action. We’d be pleased to host any White House or Department of Education personnel on the Ellipse on Saturday so they can hear firsthand what teachers, students, parents & community members from around the country have to say about public education. Thousands of concerned citizens will be sharing their experiences and their thoughts on the future of our schools. July 30th is your opportunity to listen to us. After the March, we will be open to meeting with White House or Department of Education leaders to further discuss our specific proposals.”

-Bess Altwerger & Rick Meyer, on behalf of the Save Our Schools March Executive Committee

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  1. Denise Anderson

    I believe in our public school system! Charter schools are not the cure-all. I’m a product of public schools and my family works in the public school system. I recently wrote a research paper on ways to improve public schools where the method is based on support and encouragement for the students, teachers and parents and not fingerpointing. Here is an excerpt:

    How the American Public School System can Succeed
    The American public schools system can succeed with changes to the current structure. Going beyond the conflict between teacher unions, politicians, administrators and competition with charter schools, there are key elements that can create successful public schools defined by Dr. Ronald R. Edmonds of Michigan State University (Daggert, 2005). They are:
    • Strong administrative leadership
    • Focus on basic skills
    • High expectations for student success
    • Frequent monitoring of student performance
    • Safe and orderly schools
    Success of the American public school system and the students depend on parental and guardian involvement in the student’s education as well. Both parties play a major role in a student performing well in the public school setting by ensuring homework is completed, communication with the student’s Educator occurs regularly, behavior concerns are addressed constructively and a supportive environment is created for the student at home.
    Many public schools are literally falling apart with leaky roofs, falling ceiling, poor insulation and plumbing. With local city budget cuts in education, schools are crumbling and classroom supplies are either exhausted or outdated. These issues can be addressed through funding from private corporations that will allow the classroom to be updated with new technologies and supplies. Construction companies can form partnerships with local city governments to rebuild or renovate existing schools. These tasks could be accomplished with donated supplies and labor, negotiated rates worked out with local city governments or through tax incentives. Public and private partnerships have proven successful as demonstrated by The Harlem Children’s Zone (Harlem Children’s Zone, 2009). The community can also contribute on a smaller scale by donating time, money or supplies.
    Educators need support academically, emotionally and financially as they are confronting multiple situations in the classroom previously addressed in this paper. One way to provide support is for the community to donate to organizations that focus on classroom needs like Donorschoose.org. Educators also need parental involvement and support to ensure student academic success which requires parents to participate in parent-teacher conferences and stay in communication with the student’s Educator to build a rapport. To continue to ensure student success, Educators need parents, administrators and politicians to acknowledge the challenges they face in the classroom. Resources and technical assistance is necessary for most schools to move forward with an implementation plan because schools are overwhelmed by regulations, tests, requirements and reporting structures (Daggett, 2005). Taking a page out of the charter school model, a strong and direct mission help create successful schools along with a vision that is tailored for each public school’s need (U.S. Dept. of Education, 2004)

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