July 28-31, 2011 in Washington, D.C. and around the country
We’re putting the Public back in public schools!
We, a collection of people from all walks of life and every corner of this nation, embody a mixture of ideas and opinions regarding how we can improve educational opportunities for all children. We stand united by one belief – it’s time for teachers and parents to organize and reclaim control of our schools.
As concerned citizens, we demand an end to the destructive policies and rhetoric that have eroded confidence in our public schools, demoralized teachers, and reduced the education of too many of our children to nothing more than test preparation.
A well-educated society is essential to the future of the United States of America. Our students must have access to a fully funded, world-class public education system, and it is our responsibility to hold our government accountable for providing the means to achieve it. Please join us!
July 30: DC Rally & March
The rally will officially begin at noon at the Ellipse (http://www.visitingdc.com/neighbor/washington-dc-ellipse.htm), but arrive early to enjoy performances, art, and more!
At noon, Diane Ravitch, Jonathan Kozol, José Vilson, Deborah Meier, Monty Neill, and other speakers, musicians, performance poets, and more will encourage, educate, and support this movement and the Save Our Schools March demands (http://www.saveourschoolsmarch.org/about/guiding-principles/).
At 1:30 p.m., we will march to the White House, where the demands will be read, we’ll demonstrate, and engage in a call for continued action to reclaim schools as places of learning, joy, and democracy.
If you can’t make it to DC, follow the site to find out more about ways to participate in or plan actions in your local area (http://www.saveourschoolsmarch.org/event_info/state-and-regional/).
Here are some recent articles about these important events in support of public education.
Diane Ravitch, “Why I Am Marching on July 30,” http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Bridging-Differences/2011/06/why_i_am_marching_on_july_30.html .
Sabrina Stevens Shupe, “Why I’m Marching,” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sabrina-stevens-shupe/why-im-marching_b_865316.html .