Dozens of cities are gearing up for a demonstration of support for their public schools and the fight for the Schools All Our Children Deserve. On May 4, parents, students and educators will gather outside of their schools before the bell to hold a rally and march. Then they will walk into their schools together in a show of solidarity.
This is the second national walk-in event organized by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools - and the movement is growing! Read more >
At the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, John Jackson, President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education, criticized the current testing regime as being wrongly focused on results instead of addressing the conditions that produce those results. With the millions of data points that have been produced from testing over the years. Read more >
Across the U.S., kids with the same age and in the same grade attend schools that try to educate them with wildly different resources. On average, New York, Alaska, and Wyoming each spent more than $17,000 per student in 2013, while California, Oklahoma and Nevada spent roughly half that. Read more >
Families for Excellent Schools (FES) filed a lawsuit against New York City public schools claiming that the civil rights of black and Latino are being violated because "violence" is out of control in our public schools. The FES "Safe Schools" campaign is steeped in the kind of messaging and rhetoric that plays upon the fear of black crime and violent and dangerous black children that is reminiscent of Willie Horton and the tough on juveniles era of the 90s that brought us the "superpredator" myth. Read more >
Please forward this newsletter and tell others to sign up for updates.