SOS CHALLENGES BENEFICIARY CHOICE AND ASKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT
“Teachers Rock 2012″ Concert Calls For Our Attention
Dear SOS Endorsers,
Thank you for your past and/or present endorsement of Save Our Schools. This letter is to enlist your support for an SOS action campaign to make the voices of public school advocates heard in the national dialogue surrounding two pro-corporate reform media events. The first event is “Teachers Rock 2012,” a live CBS broadcast of a star studded concert promoted as a celebration of teachers and education. While SOS welcomes media events that honor teachers, we believe that this concert and special DOES NOT benefit the teaching profession or public education. First, proceeds from the special are to benefit Teach For America, an organization that sends underprepared, temporary “teachers” into our most needy, poverty stricken public schools, displaces career professionals, and pumps non-union staff into private charter schools.
“Teachers Rock 2012,” is being used by co-sponsors, Walden Media and Walmart, to publicize the upcoming movie “Won’t Back Down,” an emotionally charged and manipulative account of a fictional event that will whip up public support for passage of a “Parent Trigger Law” in every state. Save Our Schools, along with Parents Across America, opposes this law that supposedly promotes parent empowerment, but is really a thinly veiled scheme to hasten the takeover of public schools by private charters. Walden Media brought us the 2010 film, “Waiting for Superman,” which demonized unions and promoted private charter schools. The Walton Family Foundation, the owners of Walmart, has given over $159 million in support of charter schools and vouchers and is one of the most anti-union corporations in America.
We need your help in spreading the word about the real goals of “Teacher’s Rock 2012″ and the truth about Teach For America!
In 2010, when Walden Media released “Waiting for Superman” we were not prepared with a plan of action to counter its promotion of charter schools and its demonizing of teachers’ unions. This time, Save Our Schools is prepared with a two step campaign to counter the dangerous messages of both the CBS special and the upcoming film. The first step of the campaign is to counter the messages of the “Teachers Rock 2012″ CBS special. We are calling on SOS endorsers to take immediate action to inform their membership/communities and their media contacts about the failures of Teach For America and the need for well-prepared, certified, career professionals in our classrooms. To support your efforts, we offer links to informational material, model letters, and the SOS press release.
Our endorsers will receive another action alert in the coming weeks regarding the second step in our campaign timed around the release of “Won’t Back Down” and targeting the Parent Trigger Law. Thank you for your continued support of Save Our Schools and the future of public education. Together we can change the dialogue on public education!