NJ Save Our Schools March Update, October 2012
Check our website out for more actions, articles and information. It is also noteworthy to mention that the support of organizations like ours and other activists (individually or in their organizations) across the country buoyed the resolve of CTU. Also link to AFT townhalls at: New effort will build community-driven school reform AFT for debate and discussion as well as: : What Are the Lessons of the Chicago Teachers Strike? NEA Today
Panelists and attendees made up an array of federal, state, municipal, corporate, civic, and clergy leaders. Many elected officials, including Senator Menendez, attended and we’re asked individually by one of the moderators, Mayor DeLuca of Maplewood to personally endorse each principle of BWNJ. We are now one of the sponsors. With most events, connections with other activists before and after the meeting was as important as the event itself.
Further actions are planned to support each of their guiding principles. BWNJ had been traveling around NJ discussing their agenda and infrastructure with other organization for over a year. An older version of BWNJ can be accessed at: Building One New Jersey! New Jersey Regional Coalition but a connection to their more recent FB page is on their site.
The red carpet hoopla premier on Education Nation was countered by the loud demonstration across the street by ed activists from the tri-state area. Many flyers were distributed that day. If you watched, anchors from MSNBC, especially Melissa Harris-Perry were keen to ask questions to confront the some of the misinformation in the film. Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein did their usual dance around the answering the questions but Rosie Perez had a better handle on the contradictions in the film. More on this and great pictures of the demonstration at: Education Nation Summit and Won’t Back Down Protest
Past and Present confronts the issues facing the public education system by illustrating the problems with personal experiences, presents an alternative reform strategy proven to work, and calls out to you to use your political power to change public education policy.
Practical solutions are presented for your use locally as well as a national proposal for excellent education for all. The objective is to engage the public in the improvement process, educate the electorate on the issues, and ask them to fulfill their responsibility by providing quality and equality to this nation’s children through the public education system.
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Save Our Schools March (NJ Chapter)