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Taking Back OUR Schools Rally & March – NYC Metro
May 17, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
“Declaration, Protest, Successes, and Call to Action”
Calling all NYC Metro Area community activists, the “voices of resistance”, families, students, civil rights advocates, voters, immigrant families, policymakers and legislators, union members, teachers, faith leaders, and all communities that believe in a good public education for all!
Join us in a march and rally seeking to create & sustain a public school system that provides a fully funded, equitable, community-based education for every child. This means that decisions about our children’s schooling would be made democratically by families and professional educators, free of corporate and political intervention.
Featuring a Message from Diane Ravitch
Speaking will be:
Asean Johnson and Shoneice Reynolds, Naison, Brian Jones, Carol Burris, Jeannette Deutermann, Leonie Haimson, Joe Rella, Jose Vilson, NYC student “J”, Marla Kilfoyle, Melissa Tomlinson, Monty Neill, Dao Tran, Ken Mitchell, Daiyu Suzuki, Akinlabi Mackall, Muba Yarofulani, Rosie Frascella, Stephanie Rivera, Bianca Tanis, Lisa Winter.
Entertaining will be: Terry Moore and Friends, Raging Grannies, Jeremy Dudley, and The Rude Mechanical Orchesta.
Alliance for Quality Education – BATS – Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence (BNYEE) – Change The Stakes – Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats – Children Are More Than Test Scores – Class Size Matters – The Coalition for Educational Justice CEJ – Coalition for Public Education – Communities United New Jersey –Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action at Manhattanville College – EDU4 – FairTest– iCOPE –Hudson Valley Against Common Core –Lace to the Top – LI Opt Out – MORE –NAACP MID Manhattan–Network for Public Education–Newark Students Union–New Caucus of Newark– New Jersey Education Association (NJEA)– New York Allies for Public Education – NY PRINCIPALS .ORG – NY Student Union –NYCORE – Parents Across America – Parent Leadership Project–Parent Voices NY– Parents to Improve School Transportation – Port Jeff Station Teachers Association – Radical Women –Reclaiming the Conversation on Education – Save Our Schools (SOS) – Save Our Schools-NJ –S.E.E.D.S. (SEEDSWORK) – Stop Common Core in New York State – Students Not Scores LI – Students United for Public Education (SUPE) – Teachers United – Time Out from Testing–UFT–United Opt Out National–Ya Ya Network–
This rally and march is part of the national Testing Resistance & Reform Spring campaign. We aim to support the efforts of parents, teachers and community members to have public schools that work for the community.
Creating & sustaining a public school system that provides a fully funded equitable community based education for every child. Decisions about our children’s schooling must be made democratically by families and professional educators free of corporate and political intervention.
Educate teachers, parents, students and communities on the dangers of corporate driven reform that leads to privatization, high stakes testing , mandated curriculum, unfair teacher evaluation practices, and school closures.
Motivate people to act on behalf of children to receive a quality equitable education.
Bring together various communities to work on resisting nation corporate reform policies.
Restore the joy of learning.
Involve mainstream and alternative media coverage of vision, mission, and goals.
Let corporations know that we will resist their efforts to privatize and control public education.
Assure authentic classroom based assessment that informs teaching and learning; end high stakes testing.
Assure locally developed curricula that honors local languages and cultures while addressing the unique needs of special education students, English language learners, and the poor and children of color who have been marginalized into a second tier system of education; end common core standards
Ensure privacy of student data – end inBloom
Establish universal high quality preschools, taught by early childhood experts, and available to all children as part of their public education.
Stop edTPA- States are outsourcing the evaluation of student teachers to Pearson. This allows a private for-profit company to determine how our children will be taught and by whom.
Wrap around services for every neighborhood public school, including: counselors, social workers, psychologists, and health care workers.
Strengthen neighborhood schools, assure high quality schools in every neighborhood; resist charter schools and vouchers.
Community activists, families, students, civil rights advocates; target voters, public officials, and other policy makers.
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